'Till death do us part' was a vow Petrus Meintjies and his wife Annie took very serious. In fact, the couple was married for more than seven decades before Meintjies passed away on Saturday.
Maroela Media reported Meintjies passed away at the age of 93 on Saturday, ending a marriage that lasted 72-years.
According to Anita Snyman, Meintjies granddaughter, he climbed into bed and just never woke up again. Her grandma is reportedly taking his death well under the circumstances.
Snyman added everyone knew her granddad's time was near but his death still came as a shock. She added her grandmother received injections and pills which helped to keep her calm.
Briefly.co.za learned Annie and Meintjies met in Vredesdorp on Christmas and they tied the knot in 1946. The couple, who both had birthdays on the same day, 12 November, would have celebrated their 72-year anniversary later this year.
However, according to Annie, it was not love at first sight. She added the key to a successful marriage is communication.
"You can argue, but always talk it out," the 89-year-old widow added.
Annie lost the love of her life, but she is not alone, she is staying with her son and his family.
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