Couple married for 71 years die 'of broken hearts' just two days apart
The couple have been buried side-by-side after dying just two days apart.
Published 03/03/2014 | 16:26
Family members and close friends believe that Florida couple Myrtle and Herbert 'Arno' Birdsong died of broken hearts and will rest happy after being buried together.
Myrtle, 88, passed away from heart failure on February 21st as she battled cancer in hospital and just two days later her husband Herbert, 89, died of heart failure .
'They did tell him that she had died and there was a tear that came out,' their daughter, Melanie Justice told Bay News 9.
“I truly believe they both did die from broken hearts,” she added.
The couple married as soon as Myrtle finished high school in 1943 and were remembered at a service attended by more than 100 mourners.
'Arno could say a lot with a little,' said the Rev. Randall Belcher, who led the service, the Ledger reported. 'Myrtle could say a lot with a lot.'
They were described as a the ‘perfect couple’ and tributes poured in for the pair.
“If he had been a doctor, he would have been a perfect one,' said Abiola Adeyemo, who leased property from the World War Two veteran.
“If he had been a pastor, he would have been a perfect one.”
Myrtle Birdsong worked with the Polk County Tax Assessor's office for nearly 10 years and assisted her husband in their family business, according to the obituary and was an active member in the community.
“Mrs Birdsong shared her wonderful talent of singing throughout her community for many years singing for countless funerals and weddings,'” the obituary read.
The couple had two daughters and a son and are also survived by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.