Iowa Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands
Nicholas Sparks’ popular novel turned blockbuster hit movie “The Notebook” is regarded as one of the most romantic love stories of our time. The story follows two soulmates through their romantic journey in love from the beginning to the very end. In the touching ending, both the husband and the wife pass away on the same night, never having to live without the other. For an Iowa couple who passed away holding hands exactly one hour apart from each other, the beautiful conclusion to their lives together was no fictional story.
“And we thought, ‘Oh my gosh, Mom’s heart is beating through him”
Gordon Yeager, 94, and Norma Yeager, 90, had been married for a remarkable 72 years. The couple was highly devoted to each other. “As a rule, everything was done together,” said the couple’s daughter, Donna Sheets of her late parents’ relationship. The couple became engaged and quickly got married within a 12 hour time span in 1939 on the day Norma Yeager graduated from high school. The couple did everything together.
The Yeager’s left their small town of State Center, Iowa, on Wednesday to go into town, but never made it to their destination due to a car accident. The couple was sent to the emergency room and intensive care unit suffering from broken bones and other injuries. Despite their injuries, the couple’s main focus was on each other. When the couple was separated and taken to different rooms, they were preoccupied by the fact that they were not together.
“She was saying her chest hurt and what’s wrong with Dad? Even laying there like that, she was worried about Dad,” said the couple’s son, Dennis Yeager, 52. “And his back was hurting and he was asking about Mom.”
As their conditions worsened, the doctors made the decision to move the couple together. The couple was then moved into a room together in side-by-side beds where they could hold hands.
“They joined hands; his right hand, her left hand,” Sheets said.
Gordon Yeager died at 3:38 p.m. He had stopped breathing, but his monitor was still detecting a heart beat.
“Someone in there said, ‘Why, then, when we look at the monitor is the heart still beating?’” Sheets said. “The nurse said Dad was picking up Mom’s heartbeat through Mom’s hand.”
“And we thought, ‘Oh my gosh, Mom’s heart is beating through him,’” Dennis Yeager said.
Norma Yeager passed away exact one hour after her husband.
“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.”
Source: ABC News