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    Presley (101) and Ethel Bradshaw (99) die hours apart after being married for 73 years





    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Kentuckiana couple that's been married for more than 70 years are together till the end. Presley and Ethel Bradshaw died on Monday, just hours apart.

    "I mean they were a true epitome of the word love," said Chasity Stoudemire, LPN unit manager at Meadowview Health and Rehab Center.

    The Bradshaws lived for each other. "For a couple to be together for 73 years and still love each other as much today as they did on the day they met, it's just amazing," said Shannon Bass, Director of Admissions at Meadowview Health and Rehab Center.

    The Kentucky natives, married in 1938, and have long called Louisville home. About four years ago Ethel came to stay at Meadowview Health and Rehab center, when her health started deteriorating.

    "He would come several times a week to visit and just hold her hand, kiss all over her, tell her how much he loved her and missed her," said Bass.

    Two years later, Presley decided he wanted to be with his wife and joined her at the nursing home.

    "He was there to hold her hand, he would tuck her in bed at night and give her a kiss every night," said Bass.

    Ethel was battling dementia, but that didn't stop Presley from singing her praises to anyone who would listen. "Every time you pass them, they would be sitting together, he would stop you and say 'have you met my blushing bride?'," said Bass.

    Over the last few months, the nurses and staff at Meadowview knew the Bradshaws were on the decline. On Monday, in the couple's shared room, Presley took his last breathe at the age of 101. Just four hours later, Ethel passed away peacefully at the age of 99.

    "Even though she couldn't talk to us and she couldn't tell us what was on her mind and she couldn't express that something about him not being there made her feel something was missing," Stoudemire.

    "Did she know? I don't know," said Bass. "I kind of think she did."

    Like a scene out of movie, this couple never forgot their vows. They were forever true to each other, until death did them part. "They died just the way they lived, together," said Bass.

    The couple leaves behind their only daughter, one granddaughter, and two great granddaughters.

    The Bradshaws will be remembered on Friday at noon in the chapel of Arch L Heady and Son on Westport Road. Their visitation will be held on Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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    Wow. What a great story.
    My grandparents celebrated 60 years of marriage last year. My grandmother too has dementia/Alzheimer's. They still live in the home they've been in since the 80's and he takes care of her best he can. He's 80 and she's 78. I hope they last this long but I don't know that Altheimer's will let my grandmother live into her 90's or not.....
    Thanks for posting such a positive story!

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    Aww your grandparents sound awesome

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    Awwww!!! Pregger hormones can't handle stories like this, I'm totally crying at work.

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    I have to admit that I own The Notebook, which this story reminded me of as well. makes me cry every time.

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    Ethel loved Presley like McAdams loved Gosling.
    I wear caps with flat brims and sunglasses with white frames. I...DROOL...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmdeeznuts View Post
    Ethel loved Presley like McAdams loved Gosling.


    Ive never heard you say something sweet before

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    I wanna know how they first met?

    Wow, we currently have 71 users browsing this thread!

    "Satisfaction of ones curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life" Linus Pauling

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    Well McAdams and Gosling broke up (twice) so I'm not sure its the same. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppy213 View Post
    Wow, we currently have 71 users browsing this thread!
    OOooh I didnt realize it got moved to the facebook page

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppy213 View Post
    I wanna know how they first met?

    http://www.match.com/

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    I always wondered why the age thing went up to 100 on there. I was like, "Do 100 y/o's actually sign up for match accounts?"
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    Touching story. My Grandparents have been married for almost 63 years (they're both in their late 80's now). I love hearing about couples being happy and together after so many years.


    Quote Originally Posted by M Joy View Post
    I have to admit that I own The Notebook, which this story reminded me of as well. makes me cry every time.
    Me too

    Quote Originally Posted by M Joy View Post
    Well McAdams and Gosling broke up (twice) so I'm not sure its the same. LOL
    They were such an attractive couple, I wish they had stayed together. *sigh* For my sake, of course.

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    This makes me sad My grandparents have been married 55 years and it will be so hard on our family to lose them.
    Suzanne Knight (21) brutally raped and devoured 3 toddlers while on a meth binge before hanging herself Marky69: If those toddlers didnt want to be eaten then they shouldnt of looked so god damned delicious. RIP Suzanne

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppy213 View Post
    I wanna know how they first met?
    Slave auction?


    Quote Originally Posted by bowieluva View Post
    Ron was the best part, hands down.

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    this reminds me of the husband and wife that died in a car accident,i don't remember their names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rachy View Post
    this reminds me of the husband and wife that died in a car accident,i don't remember their names.
    Quote Originally Posted by bowieluva View Post
    Ron was the best part, hands down.

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    Hahahahaha. Love Ron's pic selection.

    And if these two WHITE people met at a slave auction, how did that go down exactly? They were both bidding on the same slave maybe? Also, if three slaves are picking apples, and two more slaves come to help, how many total slaves are there? (This should be an easy one. It's a fourth grade math question!)
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    They were old but I don't think they were alive in 1855.


    This story made me cry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rachy View Post
    this reminds me of the husband and wife that died in a car accident,i don't remember their names.
    Sadly, the husband caused that accident.

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    so very touching,beautiful and sad. They were so lucky to find such a love for so many wonderful years still in love.

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