For 77 years, the couple died side by side and together went to heaven

May 10, 2020 STORIES


A happy marriage is one of the problems with which couples face: from year to year everything changes, but there will always be love for each other. One of the promises in the eyes of a man and God in your wedding will always be together.

Maybe you have a grandmother with a grandfather or you know someone who was married for a long time. Raymond and Velva Breyer have been married for more than 77 years. Unlike other couples, death did not end their love for each other. They were close to each other and were together when they were buried in the same grave.

Raymond and Velva were childhood lovers. They went to school and even had classmates in the village of Dawson in Phelps. They both attended the same school. They were married in 1940.

Raymond worked at the Ford Motor Company in Missouri, but retired and moved to North Carolina. Raymond served as Minister for a long time, and later became a volunteer firefighter in North Carolina. He was a college teacher and never forgot to serve the community.

Raymond died first, holding Velva in his arms. Velva’s heart ached, and the best part is that she cried on her last breath and died after her husband’s death. The couple died with an interval of several hours, so they were both placed in the same coffin.

Before they said goodbye to each other, Raymond was joking with one of the medical staff that he and his better half ought to be placed in the same casket when they pass away. That joke ended up being a reality.

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Raymond and Velva’s son Bobby shared with Columbia Tribune that his father told the medical caretakers that if they went close to one another, that they should be buried together. Other individuals heard it so the family requested the funeral director to grant their request. Velva is a small woman and neither was his dad so it would not be a problem to fit her with Raymond in one coffin.

When the couple passed away, Raymond was 97 years old and Velva was 96. These two remained to be mentally strong even up to their final years. Their son Bobby said that Raymond and Velva were very blessed their entire lives. Like other elderly people, they may have had health issues but they won over them.

Their daughter, Donna Hardin, the reason why her parents have a sharp mind is that they love to read. Both Raymond and Velva were avid readers.

Raymond and Velva were laid to rest in the same coffin, holding each other’s hands at the Oak Grove Cemetery in St. James. State Rep. Cheri Reisch of Hallsville shared that what this couple has is genuine love.

They were still alive, and when they could go to church, they shook hands and always sat in the front row. Raymond and Velva never left each other after death.

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