Couple die 16 hours apart after 76-year marriage



IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho couple married 76 years died 16 hours apart at a retirement center.

Ninety-five-year-old Cleda Leavitt Blair died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Her husband, 94-year-old Rosemond “Frell” Blair, died at 4:30 p.m. later that day.

The Post Register reports ( that the couple died at the Fairwinds-Sand Creek Retirement Community in Idaho Falls in southeastern Idaho where they had been living for seven months.

The couple grew up in Lewiston, Utah, married shortly after high school and later moved to Nyssa, Ore., to raise a family. They moved to Idaho Falls three years ago to be with family.

The couple’s 68-year-old son, Boyd Blair, says the two were together constantly.

Frell Blair was a mechanic and served as a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Information from: Post Register,