With all of the reports on celebrity couples divorcing in the news recently, it's hard to find a couple that is what true love defines. Presley and Ethel Bradshaw are just that. A Kentucky couple, married for 73 years, died on Monday, January 23, 2012 just hours apart.
Ethel, 99 entered into a nursing home in Louisville four years ago when her health started deteriorating. Presley, 100 visited her there several times a week. "He would hold her hand, kiss her all over, tell her how much he loved her and missed her," Shannon Bass, Director of Admissions at Meadowview Health and Rehab Center, told Wave3.com. Two years later he moved into the center to be with his wife.
Presley died first with Ethel following him four hours later. Though Ethel suffered from dementia, Bass believes she was aware that her husband had died.
The couple weree married on Oct. 21, 1938 in Somerset, Kentucky.
It seems that long-married couples are often aware of the death of one spouse, perhaps because of the strong bond. Who says love doesn't stand the test of time?
This story reminded me of the romantic movie 'The Notebook' which I had just saw again recently. As I watched that movie, again I was reminded of the capacity of human love and how a couple's love can actually be a soul mate type of bond stronger than illness and disease, even stronger than death. We should never give up trying to find that type of love.
Look for my Valentine's Day articles coming soon.