Married 66 years, husband and wife die of COVID minutes apart

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Florida couple married 66 years die of COVID-19 just minutes apart

This undated photo shows Bill and Esther Ilnisky. The couple died minutes apart of COVID-19 on March 1, 2021, at a Palm Beach County hospice in Florida. (Sarah Milewski via AP)

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Florida couple who spent decades as missionaries and ministers died 15 minutes apart of COVID-19.

Bill and Esther Ilnisky were married almost 67 years when they died recently at a Palm Beach County hospice.

Their daughter said while she misses them, she is consoled by the fact that they died together.

The Ilniskys spent 10 years in Jamaica and seven in Lebanon as Christian missionaries.

They then moved to West Palm Beach in the 1970s and spent four decades running an Assemblies of God church there.

He was 88 and she was 92 when they died March 1.

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