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NYSSA — A former Nyssa couple, married for 76 years, died Wednesday in an Idaho Falls retirement center — 16 hours apart.

Cleda Leavitt Blair, 95, and Rosemond “Frell” Blair, 94, grew up in Lewiston, Utah, and married shortly after high school. The couple later moved to Nyssa to raise a family. Cleda Blair died at 12:30 a.m., while Frell Blair died at 4:30 p.m.

“They were definitely each other’s best friend and partner,” Fairwinds-Sand Creek Retirement Community General Manager Kelly Martin said. “And one just could not be in life without the other.”

According to reports from the Salt Lake Tribune, the couple’s 68-year-old son, Boyd Blair, said his father was a mechanic at the sugar factory and served as a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He said his mother was also active in the church, taking part in women’s organizations.
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After retirement, the couple wintered in Arizona before moving to Nampa in the late 1990s and then to Idaho Falls three years ago to be closer to family.

Boyd Blair said both his parents suffered from ailing health near the end of their lives. He said his mother battled breast cancer for years, as well as side effects from the treatments.

Frell Blair also became ill with advancing age, but Cleda Blair took care of him despite concerns among retirement center staff that she was doing too much.

Frank Walker, who served as a bishop for the LDS church in Nyssa and also served under Frell Blair when he was bishop, said the couple was a good example of what a married couple should be.

“They had an old car he restored,” Walker said. “It was really pretty. On a pretty, summer day, Frell would pull that old car out and put Cleda in it and she would sit next to him, just like the old days. It was cute.”

Clayton Pett, of Nyssa, worked with Frell Blair at the sugar factor and was friends with Boyd Blair when they lived in Nyssa.

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“He (Frell Blair) was our bishop in the early ’60s,” Pett said. “My wife walked with Cleda and she liked walking with her because Cleda walked so fast. She was one of the few that Brenda (Pett) could walk with.”

Boyd Blair said his father took his mother’s hand and wept uncontrollably as he realized she was near death Wednesday morning.

“They were together constantly,” Boyd Blair told the Tribune. “They were inseparable in life and I guess also inseparable in a better place.”

Longtime married couple pass away on same day - Argus Observer | Ontario, OR: News

My son who lives a couple miles from Nyssa read this in the paper and told me bout it. Photos courtesy of the Daily Mail

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Sad but sweet at the same time. My G Grandparents had a similar thing going. My G Grandfather died and my G Grandmother fell into a depression and she just gave up. Wouldn't eat, didn't do anything. She died two weeks after my G Grandfather of a broken heart. She just didn't want to live without him.
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Sad but sweet at the same time. My G Grandparents had a similar thing going. My G Grandfather died and my G Grandmother fell into a depression and she just gave up. Wouldn't eat, didn't do anything. She died two weeks after my G Grandfather of a broken heart. She just didn't want to live without him.
Puts me in mind of "The Notebook".

I went to church with some older people who all moved to Nyssa about the same time this couple did. It was a nice time to live there, right after the war and the factory was just starting to go strong. The old Ag rep, married to the former high school librarian, and a few more couples are alive and strong, though every year of course you lose a few. I'm glad this couple had the life they did in a small and happy town.
I think marriages like theirs made our country strong.
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Almost the same with my sister in laws grandparents. They were married 80 years and died 53 hours apart both 101 years old. They had celebrated their 80th anniversary just 3 weeks earlier.

They were survived by 6 children, 17 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and 22 great great grandchildren. I adored them. They considered you family if you were connected to anyone in their family.

And both were for lack of a better term "with it" mentally pretty much until the end. They both died of heart attacks. They both voted in the 2010 elections (they died in 2011).

I asked her grandparents what amazes them most about the world today in the mid 2000s. They said the fact they could "talk" to their grandson and his family on the other side of the world through the internet (her brother lives in New Zealand) and see pictures of his kids every day.

And because of one of their great granddaughters marrying a man 20 years her senior she has 3 stepgrandchildren at only 31 so they had 3 step great great great grandchildren.
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