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Couple married 75 years, came in together, went out together at age 95

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Courtesy of Daniel Brown

The Daily Catch - published on 07/20/16

It’s one of those love stories we can’t resist. On December 31, 1918, a boy named Les Brown, Jr was born, and in a nearby neighborhood was also born a girl named Helen.

They met while attending school together, and quickly fell in love. But there was a problem. Les came from a wealthy family and wanted him to make an advantageous match. Helen’s family was working class. Both families disapproved of the courtship.

After attaining their 18th birthdays, Les and Helen ran away, eloping and settling in southern California, where they started a family. According to his son, they were never apart, spending every day together.

Around the same time Helen discovered a tumor in her stomach, Les fell ill with Parkinson’s Disease. When Les slipped into a coma, Helen — whom doctors assumed would live for a few more months — suddenly became very ill and died on July 16, 2013. Less passed the next day.

Here’s another couple, also married 75 years.

Translated from the Spanish edition

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