A couple from Kentucky died in each other’s arms during the storms that hit their town, Muhlenberg County.
Billy and Judy Miller, who had been together for the last fifty years, lost their lives when the brutal tornado hit their homes.
“Eleven people have died in Muhlenberg County, northwest of Bowling Green, after a tornado ripped through western Kentucky late Friday night. Family members confirmed that two of those 11 victims were a husband and wife, married for 50 years,” News Station WTHR reported.
Their granddaughter confirmed the news of their passing.
“When he went off to Vietnam, they got married, but it wasn’t the wedding she wanted,” their granddaughter Serenity Miller told the news outlet.
After his return, the pair spent their lives caring for their family, kids, and grandkids. On their 50th wedding anniversary, Judy finally got the wedding she always wanted.
“They went, and she got the wedding that she wanted with all of us grandchildren. That there was everything to them,” said Serenity.
“They grew really deep bonds after the loss of two of their children, and that bond – I don’t think anyone could break,” she added.
According to Miller, the tornado hit their town on Friday, December 10, 2021. The following day, when she called her grandparents to check on them, it was already too late.
“I live nearly fifteen miles away from their home, and my parents lived five miles away,” she said. “They had passed away together, holding on to each other, and their home was reduced to dirt and cylinder blocks.”
The granddaughter said that while the whole family was shocked and heartbroken by the tragedy, they were still grateful for the fact that at least the duo was together and didn’t leave each other even after their death.
“We found grandpa Billy’s jacket fully covered in mud.” Said Serenity. “Once I found it, I remember I broke down. Both he and Judy took a lot of pride in the jacket. A dry cleaner in Owensboro also offered to clean it for free, and people all over Kentucky and Indiana were finding pictures of the couple.”
She said their love was so deep that if one of them died and the other survived, the survival wouldn’t be long-lasting because they couldn’t live without each other.
“Their love was so deep for each other; we knew they wouldn’t be able to survive without each other. Despite being heartbroken, I am also thankful that they didn’t leave each other until their last moments. That’s the kind of end they deserved.” She concluded.