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We finally found a love story that can rival The Notebook. It’s just as romantic—and it’s true to boot!
Don and Maxine Simpson were married for 62 years before they passed away on the same day, just hours apart.
“It’s absolutely beautiful and the story is beautiful,” their granddaughter Melissa Sloan said of their love. “I knew in my heart, this is what’s supposed to happen. Grandma and Grandpa are supposed to be together—and Grandpa and Grandpa are going to die together.”
The Bakersfield, Calif., couple married after meeting at a bowling alley when they were young. They raised two sons together and were active in their community—but they were happiest when together.
“That’s all that Don ever wanted,” Melissa gushed. “To be with his beautiful wife. He adored my grandmother, loved her to the ends of the Earth.”
And Melissa knew they belonged together after Don broke his hip just two weeks ago.
He was taken to the hospital, where his health quickly took a turn for the worse. Meanwhile, Maxine’s health deteriorated as her battle with cancer worsened.
Melissa and her sister did everything in their power to get a room for her grandparents to share—which meant transferring them to a spare room in their granddaughter’s bedroom.
“When Grandma woke up and saw him, they held hands,” she said. “They knew that they were next to each other.”
Unfortunately, this was the beginning of the end for the couple. She went to check on her grandmother after she heard her struggling to breathe on the monitor. By the time she arrived, the inevitable happened—Maxine had passed away.
“I walked them out with her body, closed the door, walked back in to check on Grandpa and he had quit breathing,” Melissa explained. “As soon as her body left the room, he left with her. They passed away four hours apart from each other.
“It’s just amazing. It really is. It’s a true love story.”