If you think the love described in The Notebook isn’t real, then you haven’t heard about this elderly couple remained together even on their deathbeds. The couple’s granddaughter, Melissa Sloan shared their beautiful and inspiring love story.
Don and Maxine met in Bakersfield, California on a bowling alley and had been inseparable since. A few years after, the two got married. Both Don and Maxine were very active in their town, and were both members of different civic groups such as the Rotary Club, YMCA, and the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Don, who was one of the founders of the Bakersfield Racket Club also attends games with Maxine. The two travelled all over the world. When they decided to settle down for good back in California, the couple also adopted two sons.
According to Sloan, the two were married for 62 years and did everything together. She also said, “They left this world together.”
In July this year, Don had an accident at home, which rendered his hip broken. While he was taken at the hospital, his health still continued to deteriorate. At the same time, Maxine who had been diagnosed with cancer years a few years earlier, grew worse because of the terminal sickness. Sloan and his sister decided that they would have to take the couple home as there is no keeping them apart.
Don and Maxine moved to a bedroom in Sloan’s house and their beds were placed side-by-side. “ Gram woke up and saw him, and held hands and they knew that they were next to each other,” she narrated. The two stayed together even in their last moments.
One day, Sloan was at home when she heard on the monitor that her grandmother took her last breath. “I cam to check. She had passed,” she said. After calling for help to take Maxine’s body in preparation for the funeral, she escorted the people who took Maxine out, leaving her grandfather inside the room. What came next was unbelievable. Sloan recounted, “I 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.”
It was a real love story until the end. “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,” she said. True enough, the couple who could not be separated from each other remained inseparable until their deaths.