Ever hear a love story so special and so incredible that it makes you break down in tears? Well, prepare for that to happen again when you hear the story of Raymond and Velva Breuer.
The two had known each other since forever. They grew up in the same town in Missouri, went to the same school together and graduated in the same high school.
During a celebration of their 77th anniversary, though, Raymond revealed that he tried to get her attention by sticking her with a poker from the school fireplace. He didn’t realize it was hot and it left her with a scar that followed her through her life.
Despite this, the two eventually married in 1940.
“She married me to get even with me,” Raymond joked.
After marrying, they settled and raised 6 children, four boys and two girls. Those children now have 18 grandchildren and so many great and great great grandchildren that no one in the family actually knows the correct amount.
Though their lives may not have made newspapers or magazines, everyone who knew them was struck by the love they had for each other, their family, and for God.
“They would always hold hands and sit in the front-row pews of the church,” said Missouri State Representative Cheri Reisch, who knew the couple well. “They never left each other’s side. It was true love.”
As the 90s rolled in, Raymond and Velva’s bodies slowly started to decline, and they eventually moved into Boone Landing Retirement Community. Raymond joked back then that him and Velva should be buried together.
“Dad told one of the nurses before he passed, that if they went close together, that they should just be buried together, in the same casket,” Raymond and Velva’s son, Bobby said.
Unfortunately, though, all good things must come to an end, and that sadly included the lives of these two wonderful souls. On August 4 this year, Raymond passed away while holding his bride’s hand. 30 hours later, Velva joined him. Raymond was 97 years old when he died and Velva was 96.
And it was eventually decided that despite it being a joke, they really should be buried together.
“Other people heard it and we asked the funeral director,” Bobby added. “Mother was a very small woman, and Dad wasn’t that big.”
With hands together, the Breuers were buried in the same coffin.
While their family is heartbroken to say goodbye, they know this is exactly how Raymond and Velma would have wanted it. After almost a century spent together, it’s fair to say that they are now in a better place, and they lived quite the life and that’s just the way it was meant to be.
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