BAKERSFIELD, CA (KERO/CNN) – A California couple that were married for 62 years died just the way they lived – together.
Their story reads like a Hollywood movie, but their love was real.
“It’s absolutely beautiful and their story is beautiful,” granddaughter Melissa Sloan said.
It’s a love story about as real as they come
"That's all Don wanted was to be with his beautiful wife. He adored my grandmother, he loved her to the end of the earth,” Sloan said.
To know how this love story ends, you have to go to the beginning, when fate brought Don and Maxine Simpson together.
Don was born in North Dakota and studied civil engineering, a career path that would eventually land him in Bakersfield, CA, and closer to future love of his live, Maxine.
They met in a bowling alley, and married a few years later, and the pair was involved with rotary, YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club. Don became one of the founders and longest running members of the Bakersfield Racket Club, a place people say he belonged.
Don and Maxine traveled the world together, adopted two boys along the way and eventually settled down, and married 62 years, everything was done together.
“They left this world together,” Sloan said.
That’s what makes this story even more unbearable – nearly two weeks ago, Don was at home when he fell and broke his hip. The family took Don to the hospital, but his health was quickly declining.
Around the same time, the cancer his wife was battling for years also progressed.
“I told my sister on the phone, we’ve got one shot to get them together,” Sloan said.
Their family knew that they couldn’t keep them apart, so Sloan moved them to a spare bedroom in her home.
“We transferred them here, and put them together,” Sloan said. “We had their beds side-by-side.”
And Don, with a smile on his face, woke up to see his Maxine next to him.
“And grandma woke up and saw him and they held hands and they knew that they were next to each other,” Sloan said.
But what no one knew is how they would leave this world.
"I knew in my heart, before I even got there, this is what's supposed to happen,” Sloan said. “Grandma and grandpa are supposed to be together and grandma and grandpa are going to die together."
That’s exactly what happened.
"Seven o'clock, I could hear through the monitor, her take two last breaths and I came down and checked on her, and she had passed,” Sloan said.
Maxine was gone.
"I walked them out with her body walked back in to check on grandpa and he quit breathing. As soon as her body left the room, he left with her, and they passed four hours apart from each other," Sloan said.
The man that married the love of his life more than 60 years ago, only hours behind her in death.
“It’s just amazing, it really is amazing,” Sloan said. “It’s a true love story.”
An ending to life and love that was always the two of them together.
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