Couple of 62 years die four hours apart

Last updated 09:35 05/08/2014

COMPANIONS: Don and Maxine Simpson were married almost 62 years.

'A TRUE LOVE STORY': They met in a bowling alley in California.

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A 62-year love story came to an end last week after a US couple died within four hours of each other.

"It's just amazing. It really is amazing. It's a true love story," granddaughter Melissa Sloan said.

Her grandfather Don Simpson was born in North Dakota, moving to Bakersfield in California to pursue his career as a civil engineer. He met his wife, Maxine, in a bowling alley and they were married a few years later.

Their marriage spanned six decades, saw them travel the world together and also raise two beloved sons, who were adopted. 

Two weeks ago, Don fell and broke his hip at home, his health deteriorating. Around the same time the cancer Maxine had been battling for years also progressed.

The couple were moved to a spare bedroom in the family's home, their beds right next to each other so that they could hold hands. 

"We kept them together, and had their beds side-by-side," Sloan said.

Don, with a smile on his face, saw all the pictures taken by the family.

"Gram woke up and saw him, and held hands and they knew that they were next to each other," Sloan said.

"I knew in my heart this is what's supposed to happen. Grandma and grandpa are supposed to be together and grandma and grandpa are going to die together."

Listening on a monitor, she heard her grandma take her last breath.

"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, and they passed four hours apart from each other," she said. 

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