Isabell Whitney and Preble Staver met before WWII. After being married for seven decades, the couple died on the same day as they had always wished.
The two of them fell in love with each other on a blind date in Philadelphia. However, when the United States entered the war, they put their relationship on hold. Preble joined the war as a Marine, while Isabell joined as a nurse in the Navy and was stationed in Maryland.
The couple tied the knot on Feb. 15, 1946, five months after the war ended. During their marriage spanning seven decades, the couple had 5 children.
In 2013, Isabell and Preble moved into a care facility in Norfolk after Isabell started suffering from dementia. The care facility eventually had to place the couple in separate rooms as Isabell’s worsening dementia was causing frustration in Preble.
A few days later, staff called Laurie to say her final goodbye to Isabell on Oct. 25. She also brought Preble to bid her farewell.
Laurie recalled how Isabell and Preble lived through 70 years of marriage, “Mom and dad really lived out that, if you make a commitment, and even though life gets rough or life gets in the way, you work through life, and you live your life together.”
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