They first met when they were 16 and 22 at a Waynesboro, Georgia, cafe and after 71 years of marriage, they took their final breaths only hours apart. 

Herbert Delaigle died at 2:20 a.m. on Friday morning, July 12. Then 12 hours later, his wife Frances Delaigle died at 2:20 p.m. For more than 70 years, they were married and in love.

“It’s amazing how they were together for 71 years and now they are together in heaven,” the Delaigle family said in a statement in July. “What an amazing love story that is.”

Their love story began when Frances worked at a little cafe named White Way Cafe and young Delaigle had his eye set on her. After a while, he got up the nerve to ask her out to a movie, Delaigle said in a 2018 interview with WRDW/WAGT.

One year later, he popped the question.

“I asked her will she have me as her husband and she said, of course,” Delaigle said.

And their wedding was such a story to tell. The preacher almost didn’t marry them because they were an hour late to the church. After some convincing, the preacher rushed through the service.

“$5 is all I paid for her,” Delaigle said with a laugh last year. That would be less than $55 today.

For 71 years, Frances Delaigle said her husband kept her laughing all through life. And even at 93 years old, he still cracked jokes.

“What do I like most about you?” Herbert asked Frances. “I don’t know,” she laughed.

Just look at them. What could we expect more from a relationship?

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