Couple married 72 years dies one hour apart, holding hands
October 20, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Does true love exist? According to the children of one elderly couple that died this past week, it does, and their parents had it.
Gordon Yeager, 94, and his wife Norma, 90, were married for 72 years, reports ABC News. But their life together was destined to come to an abrupt end on Wednesday after they were involved in a car accident together.
The couple was brought to a local hospital with broken bones and other injuries. ABC reports that after it became obvious that the couple were not going to recover, they were placed together in a bed, where they lay holding hands.
Even then, says their son, Dennis Yeager, the couple’s concern was only for each other.
“She was saying her chest hurt and what’s wrong with Dad? Even laying there like that, she was worried about Dad,” he said. “And his back was hurting and he was asking about Mom.”
Gordon died at 3:38. But people in the room at the time say they were confused when Gordon stopped breathing, but his heart monitor continued to pick up a heartbeat. That was when they realized that the monitor was detecting Norma’s heartbeat, through their clasped hands.
“And we thought, ‘Oh my gosh, Mom’s heart is beating through him,’” Dennis Yeager said.
Norma died an hour later.
“Dad used to say that a woman is always worth waiting for,” Dennis Yeager said. “Dad waited an hour for her and held the door for her.”
Read more at ABC News here.
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