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Finding the Greatest Love Stories

by Linnea Crowther

Beautiful love stories live on in millions of Legacy obituaries.

Time and again, a husband or wife missing their spouse, or children paying tribute to their parents, will share the story of their love and lives together as a couple. Here are some of the obituary love stories that have moved us.

 James E. Hubbard (Monterey Herald) James E. Hubbard and his wife Jackie were among many who knew their romance to be the greatest of all time. Jim’s obituary describes some of the most special times of his life, but notes that the most precious of all was the day he married “the absolute love of his life, Jackie, a too short 35 years ago.” After settling in Carmel, California, with their two children, “Jim and Jackie shared a love affair that only strengthened with each passing year.” According to the obituary, “theirs is the stuff from which the greatest love stories are inspired.”

Cindy “Toni” Collins began her love story with husband Denny thanks to their mutual musical talent. Toni and Denny “hit the love-at-first-sight jackpot” in Jackpot, Nevada, of all places, when their respective bands were in town at the same time. They immediately began planning their future together and later had a daughter named Kimberley (just as they decided on the night they met). They traveled the world and made music together wherever they went (it was home “as long as they were together; but if it was Hawaii, all the better!”) “She was a fortunate woman, as she shared one of the greatest love stories ever told — she and Denny celebrated their 45th anniversary this year, three more years than the number of days they knew each other before getting married.”

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 Sybil Blevins Glash (Houston Chronicle)Sybil Blevins Glash and her husband Gene grew up together and inspired their loved ones with their lifelong romance. Sybil was just 11 when she “met her true love” and only 17 when they married, just as he was leaving to fight in World War II. After the war, the young couple moved to Houston “and became one of the greatest love stories of all time.” Their 66-year marriage was “filled with mutual love, respect and adoration and their love for each other radiated to everyone around them.”

Henry Holt Uihlein Sr. owed his life’s greatest triumphs to his wife, according to his obituary. “Whatever one may state as Henry’s accomplishments, they would not have been possible without the love, understanding and support of his beloved wife, closest friend and companion for over 69 years, Marion “Polly” Strauss Uihlein.” Henry and Polly married in June 1942 and “proceeded to continuously rewrite and enhance the script for one of the greatest ‘Love Stories’ ever told.”

 Marion Zeltzer (Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park & Mortuary)Marion Zeltzer considered her romance with her husband Allen to be one of her greatest works. Her obituary eloquently tells the story of the love that blossomed between the two: “In 1942, a world war raging, Marion, a striking beauty, met a handsome lieutenant out on a weekend pass. This chance encounter in Lake Arrowhead, California blossomed into love. Marion married the love of her life, her sweetheart, her friend, her constant companion of 68 years, Allen Zeltzer, on April 18, 1943, embarking on one of the greatest love stories ever told. Throughout their lives and on through Marion’s final illness, Allen was her greatest champion.”

Mary McGee Regan loved her partnership with her husband Frank, who built the beauty shop she ran for almost 40 years. But before that came the story of the day they met, about the night in 1954 when “she walked into Bonnadio’s Plantation Room and Frank Regan’s life.” “What ensued,” says the obituary, was “one of the greatest love stories of the past century.”

 Richard Luzerne Albert (Arizona Republic)Richard Luzerne Albert was, according to his obituary, the life of the party and a true jokester. But one thing was no joke: his love for his wife Dorothy. In 1958 “Richard married the love of his life, his soul mate, his best friend, Dorothy Ann Ferguson.” They spent 54 years together “adoring each other,” and “their marriage mirrored that of what fairytales are made of.” The obituary calls theirs “the greatest love story of all time.” “She lived for him, and he for her.”

Lawrence and Jean Farrell were so inseparable that they died just two days apart: “The perfect end to the world’s greatest love story was written on February 1, 2012, when Lawrence E. Farrell was reunited with his beloved wife Jean M., who passed through Heaven’s gates two days before on January 30, 2012.” May we all experience a love so enduring.


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