A couple married for 77 years die 30 hours apart, holding hands.
Whoever tells you true love doesn’t exist, tell them the story of Raymond and Velva Bruer of Phelps County, Missouri.
Raymond and Velva were married for 77 years. Their lives were bonded way before they became a couple. They grew up in the same city, were in the same class in elementary school, and graduated the same high school, Newsner notes.
Interestingly, despite their more than successful marriage, Raymond didn’t leave the best first impression. Trying to get his future wife’s attention, he tappet her with a poker from the fireplace in their one-room school, accidentally leaving her with a scar.
As per The Herald, he later joked:
“She married me to get even with me.”
The couple wed in 1940 and were together until 2017 when they passed away 30 hours apart.
Raymond and Velva were blessed with six children, 18 grandchildren, great t-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Pastor Cheri Reisch, one of the many who admired the couple for their devotion to one another after all these years, said:
“They always held hands when they sat in the front row of the church. They never left each other’s side. It was true love.“
Both Raymond and Velva stayed fit and healthy, while also keeping their minds alert thanks to their love for reading. For all the 77 years of marriage, they were inseparable. Raymond didn’t leave his beloved wife’s side even when she was sent to Lenoir Woods Rehab Center.
Bobby Breuer, their son, commented:
“Dad told one of the nurses before he passed, that if they went close together, that they should just be buried together, in the same casket. Jokingly, I think. But other people heard it and we asked the funeral director.”
Raymond and Velva shared a love that lasts beyond a lifetime.
Sadly, on August 4, 2017, Raymond passed away at the age of 97. But he died peacefully, as he was holding his significant other’s hand in his.
Only 30 hours later, Velva, who was 96 at the time, joined the love of her life in heaven.
The family honored Raymond’s request about burying them together, genuinely believing this way they would truly stay together forever.
Raymond and Velva Bruer, who grew up together and were married for almost eight decades, were buried together in one casket, holding hands.
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