It’s a love story you only hear about in movies, but in this case, it’s real. California couple Don and Maxine Simpson were together for nearly 62 years before dying within four hours of each other at the age of 90 and 87 respectively.
“They did a lot of amazing things” together, granddaughter Melissa Sloan told The Bakersfield Californian, ranging from living in Europe to participating in local civic groups.
Don was locally known as the longest standing member and founder of the town’s racquet club. The pair was involved with The Rotary, YMCA, and Boys & Girls Clubs among other local organizations.
They shared a love of travel. It was said that Don’s jokester personality and Maxine’s properness complemented each other.
On July 14th, Don fell and broke his hip which led to him contracting pneumonia. From there, his health quickly declined. At the same time, Maxine was in the later stages of cancer, growing sicker as the days passed.
The family could not bear to keep them apart and they were both moved into a room with family.
“We kept them together, and had their beds side-by-side,” Sloan said. “Gram woke up and saw him, and held hands and they knew that they were next to each other.”
Maxine died around 7 a.m. After her body was taken from the room around 10 a.m., they noticed Don’s breathing had become more labored. He died within the hour.
“When her body left the room his soul left with her,” Sloan said.
Stories of love like these continue to warm our hearts.More Like This: Love, Personal Relationships