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Couple married for 73 years dies hours apart

  • Ethel and Presley Bradshaw were married for 73 years
  • She died just hours after him, potentially knowing he was gone
  • Nursing home staff describe them as the definition of the word 'love'
Couple married for 73 years dies hours apart

An elderly Kentucky couple is being remembered today. After 73 years of marriage, Ethel and Presley Bradshaw passed away just hours apart. She was 99 years old, he was 101.

"They died just the way they lived, together," Shannon Bass, Director of Admissions at Meadowview Health and Rehab Center, told HLN affiliate WAVE.

The couple spent their last years at the Meadowview Center. WAVE reports that Ethel moved to the center four years ago because she was struggling with dementia. Her husband visited her daily for two years, then decided to join her at the center permanently.

Bass and her colleagues remember the Bradshaws’ marriage as “a true epitome of the word 'love.'” She admires how much they cared for each other, even after having been together for so long.

"He was there to hold her hand, he would tuck her in bed at night and give her a kiss every night," Bass said.

And he sang her praises to anyone who would listen.

“He would stop you and say 'Have you met my blushing bride?" Bass said.

WATCH: The Bradshaws' enduring love story 

Bass told the affiliate that Presley passed away first. She believes Ethel, who died hours after her husband, knew he was gone.

The Bradshaws’ family is holding their funeral Friday at noon. The couple leaves behind a daughter, a granddaughter, and two great granddaughters. 

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