Amazing: Couple Married for 59 Years Dies Holding Hands
A senior couple who had been married for 59 years died holding hands at Carolinas Healthcare NorthEast.
Don and Margaret Livengood, 84 and 80, shared the same hospital room with their beds facing each other after someone pulled strings at the hospital since they were such a charming couple. The couple wanted to spend their last days together.
Margaret passed on first, on August 19 at around 8 a.m. The couple were holding hands when this happened. After her death, Don kept telling his children and grandchildren that he wanted to join his wife in heaven saying: "When we get to heaven, we can walk in together, just like we're getting married again. Another honeymoon." Surprisingly at 5.19pm on the same day, he sure did follow her to heaven.
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Because of his pulmonary fibrosis and bilateral pneumonia, Don could barely breathe. But according to their daughter, Pattie Livengood Beaver, his wife, who was diagnosed with cancer, kept assuring him that the air in heaven would be much better.
Beaver took both of them to hospital on August 8th. Much as they had been in and out of hospital this past year, she had no idea this was going to be the last time.
The couple met while working in the same company, Stanback Company. Margaret was a secretary then and Don was joining after short time in the Navy. According to the Salisbury Post, when he saw the pretty little secretary, he was certain that he was going to date her. They got married on Margaret's birthday, June 15, in 1957.
When Beaver saw pictures of her parents hand-in-hand during their final moments, she said: "It was normal for them to be holding hands, their love was so precious. But it was the sweetest, most precious thing you can imagine to see them holding hands in the hospital."
The doctors and care-givers were moved to tears by this. Their son David Livengood said, "Seeing these two people who had spent their lives together, together in the same room as they took their last breaths, none of us are ever going to forget this."
Now this one is a true case of till-death. And theirs didn't do them part... Don didn't want to be left behind. They crossed over hand-in-hand! Amazing!
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