In a Notebook-like modern fairytale, an American couple has proved that true love never dies.
Herbert and his wife Marilyn who were married for 71 blissful years died just 12 hours apart after hoping they would spend a few more years together.
Herbert who was 94-years old at the time of his death passed away on Friday, July 12, at 2.20am.
His 88-year-old wife breathed her last breath exactly 12 hours later at 2.20pm.
The dynamic duo met when Marilyn was just 16-years old and fell head over heels for each other instantly.
A confident 22-year-old Herbert mastered his strength and asked his fair lady out on a date and of course, the smitten beauty said yes.
A year after their meeting, the young man popped the golden question.
During a 2018 interview with WRDW, Herbert said he was not sure their marriage would last for so many decades but he was not complaining.
The couple clung onto love and forgiveness not forgetting respect and understanding. This kept them going.
"I never would have dreamed that we would’ve got this far, and I hope we go a few more years on that,” Herbert said.
The couple had six kids, 16 grandkids, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
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