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People Shocked To See What Funeral Home Did To Couple That Was Married For 77 Years

A couple that had been married for 77 years passed away within hours of one another. Now, they're taking their bond to the grave.

A newly dug grave in Missouri features a casket with two bodies because an elderly couple wanted to remain together forever. The Daily Mail reported that Raymond Breuer died Aug. 4 after 77 years of marriage. His 96-year-old wife, Velva, passed away 30 hours later. Their children said the brief period between the deaths was the longest the couple had been apart since their wedding in 1940. They were laid to rest, holding hands, at Oak Grove Cemetery in St Louis.

“Dad told one of the nurses before he passed that if they went close together, that they should just be buried together in the same casket; jokingly, I think,” son Bobby Breuer said in an interview with the Columbia Daily Tribune. “But other people heard it and we asked the funeral director. Mother was a very small woman, and dad wasn’t that big.”

The couple met while attending a one-room school in Missouri’s Dawson Township. Their enduring romance reportedly began when Raymond, as a fourth-grader, jabbed Velva with a fireplace poker. He was just kidding around, not realizing that the metal tool was hot. When she died, Velva still had a scar from the incident. “She married me to get even with me,” Raymond joked at the couple’s final wedding anniversary celebration.

They had six children, including three boys who served in the Vietnam War. Raymond was a long-time Ford Motor Co. employee, while Velva took the lead in maintaining the family’s home and rearing the kids. She briefly worked at a Ben Franklin store in 1960, when her sons were in the military. Following Raymond’s retirement in 1978, he and Velva lived in North Carolina for 16 years before returning to Missouri.

Raymond is remembered for his numerous community activities in the Warne and Hallsville, Mo., areas. He was a minister, volunteer firefighter, college instructor, and president of a local Gem and Mineral Society. The couple were regular churchgoers who sat in the front pew while holding hands. “They never left each other’s side,” state Rep. Cheri Reisch of Hallsville, Mo., told the Daily Tribune. “It was true love.” The couple later moved into a retirement home, where Raymond taught a weekly class he called “Bible Study With Ray.” His grandson, Jason Hardin, wrote on Facebook: “My grandfather was the sort of man who would do whatever needed to be done, no matter what.”

The couple confided in an interview that although they occasionally clashed, they resolved their differences by the end of the day. “If a preacher was needed, (Raymond) would preach,” a friend recalled. “If a handrail was needed to be installed, he would install it. He was a hard worker in so many ways, but gentle.” At the 77th anniversary party, Velva said: “I wouldn’t trade him for anybody. He’s so good.”

The couple refused to be separated even when Velva was forced to move into another health facility in 2016. Raymond went with his wife and slept on a cot next to her. They were holding hands, as usual, when Raymond took his final breath. According to one of their daughters, Donna Hardin, they remained mentally sound until their deaths. “They were very blessed their entire lives,” Bobby Breuer said. “They were blessed and we were blessed because they were so fortunate.”

Source: Daily Mail
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