Helen Felumlee, Kenneth Felumlee


Sorry, The Notebook. This is the only love story we want to talk about right now.

Helen and Kenneth Felumlee, a couple who celebrated 70 years of marriage, never spent even one night apart from each other. And that tradition carried them all the way to the end of their lives, as they died within hours of each other.

Their love story begins on Feb. 20, 1944, when Kenneth and Helen eloped just before Kenneth's 21st birthday after three years of dating. The couple would go on to have eight children, who would be witnesses to their commitment on a daily basis. Their kids say that Kenneth and Helen would hold hands at breakfast every morning, right up until the end.

Over their 70 years of marriage, the two never spent the night apart or in different beds. According to the Zanesville Times Recorder, when Kenneth and Helen had to take an overnight ferry many years ago that only had bunk beds, they opted to both sleep on the bottom bunk instead of spending an evening separated.

Two years ago, Kenneth had his leg amputated due to poor circulation and his health started to decline. Helen became his main caretaker, but her condition began fading, too.

On April 12, Helen passed away at the age of 92. Just 12 hours later, Kenneth, 91, died as well.

"We knew when one went, the other was going to go," said their daughter, Linda Cody. "We wanted them to go together, and they did. She was staying strong for Dad and he was staying strong for her. That's what kept them going."

Kenneth was surrounded by 24 of his closest friends and family members when he left to join his beloved wife.

"It was a wonderful going away party," Cody said. "He was ready. He just didn't want to leave her here by herself."

So if you ever doubt the power of true love, just remember the story of Helen and Kenneth, who couldn't bear to spend one single night not next to each other.

And now they never have to, because they are no doubt up there somewhere together. Holding hands, of course.

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