Truth Frequency Radio
Aug 31, 2013

The family members of an Illinois couple who died just hours apart after 71 years of marriage have described the couple as inseparable.

The union of Robert and Nora Viands began on a blind date in 1942 — but it was hardly love at first sight. Family members tell the Journal Star that Nora told Robert she never wanted to see him again after their first meeting.

But, Robert was persistent and after their second date, he convinced Nora to continue their relationship.

At the start of World War II Robert was drafted into the Army and scheduled to deploy overseas. To the dismay of their families, the couple eloped in Missouri because 17-year-old Nora was a year shy of the legal age for marriage in Illinois, the Journal Star reported.

“When they came back, in order to appease the family, they were married again in both the Catholic church and in the Methodist church,” Barbara Milton, one of the couple’s five children told the Journal Star.

For the next seven decades, the couple was inseparable until their deaths, which were just 16 hours apart.
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