WEDDINGS
09/10/2013 07:23 pm ET Updated Sep 11, 2013

Long-Married Couple Of 83 Years, Max And LaVere Robinson, Die Three Days Apart

Courtesy of Lisa Goeas

After 83 years of marriage, Fresno, Calif. couple Max and LaVere Robinson died within days of each other late last month.

Max, 101, died on August 26, followed by LaVere, 100, just three days later on August 29. They tied the knot in secret back in 1929 when they were both just 17 years old, after meeting at church.

Last week, the couple's granddaughter, Lisa Goeas, told the National Review that Max suffered from Alzheimer's toward the end of his life. In spite of the disease, he never forgot about LaVere.

“He would talk about her all the time,” Goeas said. “[He] would talk about [her to my mom saying] ‘Oh, that mother of yours, I love her so much, I’m so lucky, I married the most beautiful woman in the world, and she’s been such a great partner.’"

Goeas told The Huffington Post that her grandmother was in poor health, as she suffered from a heart condition, but was "likely holding on for my grandpa." She also said that her grandparents' lifelong romance taught her important lessons about love and marriage.

"[I learned that] communication, respect, patience and a sense of humor are all critical to a happy and healthy marriage," she wrote in an email. "They always treated each other with kindness and compassion. They had their issues, like everyone else, but they knew how to work through them."

Below, a photo of the couple in their younger years.

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(Photo courtesy of Lisa Goeas)

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