According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Helen and Les Brown died on July 16 and 17 respectively, both were 94.
Zach Henderson, owner of the Ma NâPa Grocery in Long Beach, Calif., said he saw the couple almost daily and called their relationship âa wonderful blessing.â
âAbout a year ago, [Helen] had her hand on his face and they were cheek to cheek,â Henderson said. âShe said, âIsnât he the most handsome man youâve ever seen?â hatâs exactly how they were. They were full of love and passion.â
According to the Press-Telegram, the couple also shared the same birthday of Dec. 31, 1918, and eloped in 1937 after they met in high school.
Henderson said that even though the couple were in their 90s they remained active in their community and insisted a local band set up in their driveway during a residential block party.
âThey were fun-loving and beautiful people,â Henderson said.
The couple were Jehovahâs Witnesses and their oldest son, Les Brown Jr., told the Press-Telegram their faith strengthened their marriage.
âIt was a real love match, wasnât it,â said Les Brown Jr. âThey were together every day for 75 years.â
âHope Springsâ Eternal for Long Married Couples
When they died, the Press-Telegram reported that Les Brown was suffering from Parkinsonâs disease and Helen Brown had stomach cancer. However, Henderson said he never realized that Helen Brown was sick, even though he dropped off groceries to their home almost on daily basis.
âShe was completely cognitive,â Henderson said, describing how he found Helen Brown a few days before she died. âIt seems like she was waiting for Les to be comfortable and they were going to move on to something else with each other.â
A public service will be held for the couple on Saturday afternoon in Long Beach, Calif.
Source: abc news