Ohio Couple Married for 70 Years Die 15 Hours Apart

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
April 19 2014 5:50 PM

Ohio Couple Married for 70 Years Die 15 Hours Apart

When Helen Felumlee of Nashport died on April 12 at 92, her 91-year-old husband, Kenneth Felumlee, quickly followed, passing away a mere 15-and-a-half hours after the woman he had married 70 years earlier. This was of little surprise to their eight children, who described their parents as almost inseparable. "We knew when one went, the other was going to go," daughter Linda Cody said, according to the Associated Press. The Zanesville Times Recorder was the first to write about the love story that noted how Helen had become Kenneth’s caretaker after he had his leg amputated two-and-a-half years ago because of circulation problems.

Around 2 hours after Helen died, Kennth looked up at his children who were gathered at his bedside and said, “Mom’s dead.” And then he “quickly began to fade,” according to the AP. "He was ready," Cody said. "He just didn't want to leave her here by herself." The two first met when they were 18 and 19 and quickly fell in love. They ended up eloping and gettting married in Kentucky two days before Kenneth celebrated his 21st birthday.  

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.