Every love story is beautiful, but there are some that truly take our breath away. Such is the love shared between Don and Maxine Simpson.
The California couple met in 1952 while they were bowling and the chemistry was evident from the start. Soon, they were married and they began to build a beautiful life together in Bakersfield.
“All Don wanted was to be with his beautiful wife,” said the couple’s granddaughter, Melissa Sloan. “He adored my grandmother, loved her to the end of the Earth.”
The Simpsons adopted two sons together and were involved with local organizations like the Rotary Club. They loved to travel and made many trips all over the world.
But more than anything, they just loved being together.
When Maxine was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, Don never left her side. He cared for his wife as best he could, making sure she always knew just how much he loved her.
When Don broke his hip after a bad fall, their granddaughters decided to move them into the same room in the family home so they could be together as they were cared for.
“We kept them together and had their beds side by side,” Melissa said.
Despite the circumstances, the couple spent many happy weeks together talking, holding hands, and looking at old family photos.
But as time went on, both of their conditions worsened. Maxine was growing weaker by the day and Don knew he would have to say goodbye to his beloved wife.
After 62 years of marriage, Don held Maxine’s hand as she quietly slipped away.
The family left the couple together for a few hours. Soon, though, they came to get Maxine and take her away.
It was then something happened that left them stunned and in tears.
Holding onto Maxine’s hand, Don smiled and quietly said, “This is my beautiful wife!”
Then he too passed away.
“He quit breathing as soon as she left the room,” Melissa said.
Not able to bear being parted from his beloved, Don followed her into eternity just four hours after she had passed.
The family is heartbroken over Don and Maxine’s passing, but find comfort knowing this is just how the couple would have wanted to go.
“I know in my heart this is what’s supposed to happen,” Melissa said. “They left this world together.”
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