JW couple die 1 day apart after being married for 75 years!

by ohiocowboy 29 Replies latest jw friends

  • ohiocowboy

    Plus, they were born on the same day in 1918!

    JW or not, It's nice to read about how much people can love each other for so many years!!!


    Picture of the couple at link...

    Their friends and family agree -- if two people ever were "made for each other," it was Helen and Les Brown.

    Both were born on the same day, Dec. 31, 1918. Helen and Les were high school sweethearts who celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this year. It would be their last; Helen died on July 16, and Les died the next day, July 17.

    They were 94.

    "It was a real love match, wasn't it," their oldest son, Les Jr., said. "They were together every day for 75 years."

    Daniel, the couple's youngest son, agreed.

    "My mom often said she didn't want to see my father die, and he didn't want to live without her," Daniel said.

    The two boys, sitting in their parents' Belmont Heights home, said their parents met at Huntington Park High School and eloped on Sept. 19, 1937. They were married against their own parents' wishes. Helen was from a working-class family, while Les was from a more wealthy family, and both sides of their family thought the love would never last between them.

    But it did.

    Helen and Les moved to Long Beach in 1963. Helen was a housewife who had a knack for buying and selling area properties, and Les owned a photography studio, serving as a photographer for the Navy. His father, too, was a photographer.

    Despite being born on the same day, the Browns were two very different people, according to their sons, who said their mom was very strict and their dad was more laid back. And, like all married couples, they had some issues to work through during the years.

    They were Jehovah's Witnesses, a faith that strengthened their marriage, the sons said. They reaffirmed their love for one another daily.

    Besides spending time at Kingdom Hall for worship, the longtime Long Beach residents -- who had seven grandchildren -- were well known for taking in-state road trips together and were frequently found at Ma N' Pa Grocery, a corner store on Roycroft Avenue and Colorado Street. They also were close friends with many of their neighbors.

    "They loved California, and they loved Belmont Shore and Belmont Heights," Les Jr. said. "They wouldn't leave ... And, Ma N' Pa Grocery treated them like royalty. Mom was there every day. That was her pantry."

    One family friend, Bob Brobst, who belonged to the same congregation, had known Helen and Les for nearly a decade.

    "Like the Bible says, 'They were as one,' " Brobst said, adding that he will always remember how compatible his friends were as a couple.

    Les, who had Parkinson's disease, and Helen, who had developed stomach cancer, will have a joint memorial service. The public service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 5852 Belgrade Ave., Garden Grove. All are welcome.

  • Gypsy Sam
    Gypsy Sam

    A witness just posted this on Facebook that I'm friends with. Read it on the news this morning and it was a sweet story.

  • ohiocowboy

    Good evening, Gypsy Sam! Thank you for your comment! Yes, it is a sweet story. 75 years!

  • Violia

    it is a wonderful sweet story and reminds me of Johnny and June Cash. They were made for each other too.

    I wonder who did the Mrs. face lift, it is very natural looking. He looks great too.

  • ohiocowboy

    Hello Violia!!! Yes, true soulmates are harder and harder to find nowadays, and it is refreshing to find couples who take their commitment and love for each other very seriously.

    I'm glad that you liked the article!

    Take care!!!

  • snare&racket

    This just makes me sad, not for their passing away, for they were lucky to have such long and assumed happy years, it for the years, no LIFETIME enslaved to a con.

  • ShirleyW

    I read the Google Alert about them as well, wow, 75 years, only thing that makes my ear stand on end is that he was a photographer for the Navy. Wonder if the elders gave him a hard time about that.

  • LogCon

    '... Ma N' Pa Grocery treated them like royalty.'

    I hope the congregation treated them as well.

  • truthhurts13

    Thats a lot of years infecting the public with lies and propaganda. Hope no body suffered because of their disease.

    Good news is, 2 less jaydubbs to worry about

  • laverite

    It's wonderful that they had each other for so long. It's a lovely story and very heart warming.

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