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Helen and Les Brown, a couple of California sweethearts born on the same day and married 75 years ago, died earlier this month – one day apart.

They were 94.

“It was a real love match, wasn’t it?” their oldest son, Les Jr., told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. “They were together every day for 75 years.”

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The young Long Beach lovebirds eloped on September 19, 1937, and were married against their own parents’ wishes, according to their sons.

Helen was from a working-class family, while Les was from a wealthier one. Both sides believed the love would never last … so much for that.


She a housewife with a knack for buying and selling area properties while he owned a photography studio, serving as a photographer for the Navy.

Despite being born the same day, the Browns were two different people, according to their sons. Mom was strict while Dad was more laid-back.

Like all couples, their children said they had issues to work through during their years together but that the two constantly reaffirmed their love.

At the time of their deaths, Les was suffering from Parkinson’s and Helen had stomach cancer, but they remained together and in love until the end.

Helen passed away July 16; Les joined her July 17.

Their youngest son Daniel summed it up best: “My mom often said she didn’t want to see my father die, and he didn’t want to live without her.”