FOWLER, Ind. (WLFI) - A Fowler couple passed away after an automobile crash on Benton County Road 100 South.
Raymond, 94, and Alvina Ray, 90, were pulling out of L.C. Ranch when they were struck by a vehicle. Raymond was rushed to a Lafayette Hospital and Alvina was sent by helicopter to an Indianapolis area hospital and after medical treatment both passed away.
Raymond and Alvina Ray eloped after falling in love in 1949. The couple moved from the South all the way up to Indiana to make Fowler their home.
Their daughter Barb Campbell said her childhood was filled with wonderful memories of her parents.
"There aren't too many people who have a marriage as they had," said Campbell.
On Tuesday, July 9th the Rays were supposedly heading out for their evening drive to look at the scenery, that's when their neighbor John Campagna heard the crash.
"We saw Ray and Alvina drive through the property and then we heard a noise and saw that there was an accident right at the end of the lane," said Campagna.
After Campagna saw what had happened he went to go help. Raymond was standing near the car asking for him to check on his wife.
"I told him I would pull my pickup around and I went around to check up on her - she said her leg hurt, I told her we would call 911 and help would be there pretty soon," added Campagna.
After the incident their children rushed to a Lafayette hospital to see their father.
"After it had happened we were given a call and told to get to the hospital as soon as possible because my father was turning blue," said Campbell. "We got in and the doctor came in to talk and was telling us some things about the accident, and then she told us that Dad was deceased, and I was in complete shock,"
Campbell with her daughter headed home to pack for Indianapolis to be with her mother, but as soon as she started to leave Campbell's husband gave the unfortunate news that her mother had too passed away.
"My daughter said- they did it...They always said they were going together and Daddy reached and grabbed Momma's hand and said I'm not going to leave you, Momma, you're going with me," said Campbell.
Raymond and Alvina recently celebrated their 70th anniversary in January.
Raymond was known to be outgoing and always willing to help, while Alvina was quiet but an intentive mother.
"Momma was quiet and she always used to say 'No matter where we go your daddy knows somebody!' Dad was very outgoing and Mom was just kind of laid back,"
While their personalities were strikingly different Campbell says they both admired each other passionately.
"Her mother (Campbell's grandmother) used to own a small gas station and when Dad would come by to get gas, Mom would always go out and pump Dad's gas, and that is how they really got to know each other," said Campbell.
They just were always there no matter what for each other - good times, bad times, they were always there for each other," added Campbell.