This story reads like a real life version of the movie The Notebook: When Helen Felumlee, age 92, of Nashport, Ohio, passed away, her immediate family knew it would not be long before her husband Kenneth Felumlee, age 91, followed her. The couple could not stand to be apart for any amount of time. They were correct. Kenneth ended up dying only 15 hours after Helen. They had been married for 70 years. Mrs. Felumlee died on April 12 and Mr. Felumlee passed on the next morning.
The couple’s eight children stated their parents had been completely inseparable since they met up back when they were teenagers, even sharing the bottom bunk bed while they rode a ferry instead of spending a night apart from each other.
The two remained very deep in love with each other right up until the end. They even always ate their breakfast meal together and held hands, stated their daughter Linda Cody. She added that they all knew that when one of them passed, the other was also going to go as well.
Cody explained that around 12 hours after her mother had died; her father looked around at all the children and stated that she was dead. After this he suddenly began to fade health wise. He was enclosed by nearly 25 of his closest family and friends when he passed away early the next morning.
Linda stated that her father was completed ready to go, she stated that he did not what to be here by himself.
The couple had known each other for numerous years when they decided to elope in Newport, Kentucky, which is just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio on Feb. 20, 1944. Since he was two days away from of his 21st birthday, Kenneth was too young to marry in Ohio. Helen was a year older than him. Their son Jim spoke with a smile when he declared that his father just could not wait.
Kenneth was employed as a railroad car supervisor and mechanic before he became a mail carrier for the Nashport Post Office. He was also very energetic in his church working as a Sunday school teacher.
Helen stayed at home, working hard not only for her own family but also for other families that found themselves in need in the region. She also taught Sunday school but was best known for having a greeting card ministry. She would send out cards for people’s birthdays, in times of sympathy and also during the holidays to everyone in the community, each one having a personal note included. Her daughter-in-law Debbie Felumlee joked that Helen helped to keep Hallmark in business.
When Kenneth retired back in the early 1980’s and the children started to move away from home, the Felumlees started to travel around America, visiting just about all 50 states on bus. Jim stated that his parents did not fly because they stated they were not able to see anything when they were traveling.
Linda declared that even though both were going through declining health in recent years, each attempted to keep strong for the other one. That was what helped keep the Ohio couple going. They were able to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in February of this year. It was just in time too because Helen passed away on April 12 and Kenneth on April 13, just 15 hours after Helen had.
By Kimberly Ruble