Elderly Couple Married for 73 Years Dies Within Hours of Each Other

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An Idaho couple married for an incredible 73 years have both died of natural causes within hours of each other.

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Neldon Potter, 91, and his wife, Helen, 90, both passed away earlier this month. Helen passed at 8:30 p.m. December 7 and her husband died at 11:45 a.m. the next day — 15 hours and 15 minutes apart.

They lived with their two daughters — Nancy, 72, and Kathy, 70 — who cared for them.

“Mom said that she would never be able to retire, that death would be her retirement, so she finally retired,” Kathy told EastIdahoNews.com.

Their daughters said they both met at a dance in St. Anthony area of the state where they “fell in love instantly,” according to their children

“She chased him down his father’s pea patch and tripped him and asked him to marry her,” Kathy said. “Mom said she found dad to be very handsome and had kissable lips. He said he fell in love with her because she looked nice.”

The couple married when they were teens and local townspeople, along with some friends and family said the marriage wouldn't last.

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“We were just talking about why they stayed together for 73 years, and mom and dad both said that people said their marriage would never work when they got married, so they stayed together 73 years to prove them wrong,” Kathy said.

The couple is survived by their four children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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