BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A man and woman, married for almost 62 years, passed away just hours apart in California.
Maxine Simpson had been battling cancer for some time. Two weeks ago her husband, Don fell and broke his hip.
Their health deteriorated.
Their granddaughter, Melissa Sloan of Bakersfield, knew she had to bring them together. She moved them to a bedroom in her home for home health care.
“And grandma woke up and saw him and they held hands and they knew that they were next to each other,” Sloan said.
At 7:00 p.m. one night, the granddaughter said she heard on the monitor her grandmother’s last two breaths and knew she had passed on.
Sloan said after she called to have them take her grandma’s body, she walked back in to check on her grandpa.
“He had quit breathing,” she said. “As soon as her body left the room, he left with her.”
Many memories were made together in those 62 years of marriage. Don was a civil engineer from North Dakota, a job which eventually took him to Bakersfield. They were in the Rotary Club together, served in the YMCA together, and loved their work at the Boys and Girls Club. They loved bowling. They adopted two boys and raised them together.
They died four hours apart.