Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands

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Oct 19, 2011
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    DES MOINES, Iowa --An Iowa couple who was married for 72 years died one hour apart last week in the hospital as they held hands. Family said the story of Gordon, 94, and Norma Yeager, 90, is a real-life love story.
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    On the day she graduated from high school, Norma Stock said yes to Gordon Yeager's marriage proposal. The couple got married on May 26, 1939 in State Center."They're very old-fashioned. They believed in marriage til death do you part," said son Dennis Yeager.Dennis Yeager was the youngest of four children born to the couple. His sister Donna was first born."Staying together for 72 years is good, I'd say that's exceptional," said daughter Donna Sheets.The way the kids tell it, dad was the life of the party while mom kept everything together."Anybody come over -- she was the hostess with the mostess. She just seriously -- the more she did -- the more she smiled," said Dennis Yeager. "Dad would be the center of attention, like, 'Weee look at me,' and mom was like 'get him away from me!' You know we even got a picture like that." (picture, bellow)
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    Norma didn't really want the distance, and family said she hardly left Gordon's side for 72 years."They just loved being together. Everybody argues once in awhile, but they still, he said 'I have to stick around. I can't go until she does because I have to stay here for her and she would say the same thing,'" said Dennis Yeager.Dennis Yeager said the couple left home last Wednesday to go into town, but they didn't make it.At the intersection of Highway 30 and Jessup Avenue just west of Marshalltown, state troopers said Gordon pulled in front of an oncoming car. The Iowa State Patrol crash report said the other driver attempted to avoid the crash but was unable to stop in time."I rushed from Des Moines where I was working and saw them in the hospital," said Dennis Yeager.

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    In the intensive care unit of Marshalltown's hospital, nurses knew not to separate Gordon and Norma."They brought them in the same room in intensive care and put them together -- and they were holding hands in ICU. They were not really responsive," said Dennis Yeager.Gordon died at 3:38 p.m. holding hands with his wife as the family they built surrounded them."It was really strange, they were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn't figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going," said Dennis Yeager. "But we were like, he isn't breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that's because they were holding hands and it's going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up.""They were still getting her heartbeat through him," said Donna Sheets.At 4:38 p.m., exactly one hour after Gordon died, Norma passed too.

    "Neither one of them would've wanted to be without each other. I couldn't figure out how it was going to work," said Donna Sheets. "We were very blessed, honestly, that they went this way.""They just loved being together," said Dennis Yeager.At their funeral on Tuesday, Norma and Gordon held hands in their casket. Family said they will be cremated and their ashes mixed together.

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    Fair dues to them and all that but when I die, I want it to be a drug induced gang bang with several hotties.
     
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    :( This is a sad story mate, and you just killed it.
     
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    If I don't live to see the rapture, this is what I want for my life and my death.

    You just don't see such perfect relationships anymore these days. Saddening really.

    Let's just agree to not quote him and let his comment die.
     
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    Touching, it was a good way to go RIP to the both of them and hope they meet in the afterlife.
     
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    I couldn't agree more, this is the way relationships ought to be.
     
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    I told my wife that when an old person dies, it's like a library burned down, with all the life long knowledge gone. She told me that when I die, it will be like an old out house burned down! I asked why an 'out house'. She said because I was full of crap!
     
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    A truly touching story, and, sadly, a reason why driving suitability tests among the aged should be more strict. I have the same mentality towards marriage; whereas several friends have divorced already for mostly stupid reasons, we take the view that in the end, love can get around any trouble. I think we are the only English/Japanese couple that we know personally who are still married.
     
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    Speechless... These days couples are all about money or sex --'
     
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    according to the article, "state troopers said Gordon pulled in front of an oncoming car." which means that it wasn't the driver's fault. Nonetheless, it's a great story how the two died together.
     
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    This is really touching. It's a pity love like this is few and far between, no matter who cause the car crash.
     
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    They were very lucky. 95% of the people reading this story are going to have unhappy love lives. People hate commitment nowadays.
     
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    Heh.. I often go to visit eldery couples at the (forgot the name where they are
     
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    This is real love, I haven't seen this in young couples at all. I just lol when they they are in true love, only to break up in about 4 months.
     
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    Ain't that the truth, brother. People don't hate commitment, they hate the fact that their freedom is only limited to the pact of his/her marriage. Preversion is what causing today's society to be nothing but a bunch of cheating bastards.
     
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    Thats soo sweet and sad at the same time, well at least you know they really meant until death do us part. Touching story.
     
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    Somehow this story makes me feel both happy and sad at the same time, I think any of you can figure out the context by how I mean that.
     
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    Touching. Just like what happened in the movie, The Notebook.
     
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    Wow, that was actually pretty touching. It's really a nice little story.
     
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    This is an extremely touching story.

    It just makes me sad what a contrast it strikes with modern romance.
     

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