Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart
An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee (FEHL’-uhm-lee) of Nashport in central Ohio died April 12. She was 92. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.
The couple’s children say the two met as teenagers and had been inseparable since then, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart, the Zanesville Times Recorder reported.
Relatives told the Zanesville Times Recorder that after a few years of dating the young couple snuck off to a court house in Kentucky to elope with $5 in their pocket, enough to pay the $2 marriage fee.
The pair were married on Feb. 20, 1944, two days shy of Kenneth’s 21st birthday meaning he was too young to marry in Ohio.
“He just couldn’t wait,” the couple’s son Jim Felumlee said.
Reportedly afraid to break the news to their parents, the couple spent the first weeks of their marriage living separately until Kenneth spoke up.
The two went on to have eight children with Kenneth working for a railroad company and as a mechanic before becoming a mail carrier. He was also an active member in their church, and willing to lend a hand whenever it was needed.
“There would be hours he wasn’t here, and she had all these kids, but she understood that it was a need in him to help other people,” Linda Cody, one of the couple’s daughters told the Zanesville Times Recorder.