In a real-life scene of The Notebook, a couple who had been married for 72 years passed away quietly together in an Iowa hospital, still holding hands, as they had done since they became husband and wife on the day of their high school graduation.
The couple, Gordon, 94, and Norma, 90, were on their way for a day out on the town when tragedy struck. The couple was involved in a car accident, and they were quickly transferred to the hospital when emergency workers arrived on the scene.
It just breaks my heart to think of this sweet little couple, getting all gussied up and excited for the day trip together, only to meet such a sad end.
The couple’s daughter told ABC News that her parents were inseparable all of their lives. “As a rule, everything was done together,” she said. Not only did the couple work together, but they had all the same hobbies and activities: bridge club, travel, sports, and their favorite shows, Wheel of Fortune and the Price is Right.
A couple who remained true to each other their entire lives. And into the next.
After being transferred to the hospital, Norma, true to form, was more concerned about the nature of her husband’s injuries than her own. Her children could only watch in wonder and shake their heads as she fussed and worried over her husband as she lay suffering from her own extensive injuries.
Eventually, it became clear that the elderly couple would not be able to recover from their injuries and the hospital decided to allow the husband and wife to be together in their final moments.
“They joined hands; his right hand, her left hand,” their son told ABC News.
Norma was right to be concerned about her husband’s injuries — he passed away first, at 3:30 p.m. But even as his breathing slowed and stopped, his family couldn’t believe what the monitors showed.
Gordon, still clasping his beloved bride’s hands, showed his wife’s heartbeat on his own monitor.
Hospital staff explained that the monitors were picking up Norma’s pulse through his hand—in death, as in life, her heart beat only for him.
Norma passed away exactly one hour later at her husband’s side.
“Dad used to say that a woman is worth waiting for,” Dennis told ABC News. “Dad waited an hour for her and held the door for her.”
The couple was buried together, still holding hands, in the same casket.
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