Couple married for 62 years dies within hours of each other
BAKERSFIELD, CA – This is the story of Don and Maxine Simpson.
They did all the things expected of most young couples of their day in Bakersfield, California. They got married. They stayed together.
They stayed together for 62 years, through 12 presidents, from Truman to Obama, and through a long list of wars and conflicts.
They traveled, raised a family, and grew old and happy together.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, Don Simpson broke his hip. He went to the hospital, but his health quickly declined.
At the same time, Maxine’s long battle with cancer was progressing rapidly.
The family knew they had to be together, so they moved them into granddaughter Melissa Sloan’s home, and put their beds side-by-side, side-by-side, the way they had spent nearly all of their lives.
“And grandma woke up and saw him, and they held hands and they knew that they were next to each other,” said Sloan. “I knew in my heart, before I even got there, this is what’s supposed to happen. Grandma and grandpa are supposed to be together and grandma and grandpa are going to die together.”
And Maxine died.
“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. 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.”
The marriage ceremony says “til death do us part”, but for some, even death will not keep them apart.