A married couple who spent the last 62 years of their lives together held hands in a heartwarming moment as they died about an hour apart from one another.
As they held hands on their deathbeds, in hospice, it was a fitting way to mark the last thing the couple would ever do together.
"It was exactly how they wanted to go. It couldn't have been any better," their daughter Donetta Nichols told Click 2 Houston.
Tom and Delma Ledbetter from Lake Jackson, Texas passed away in hospice on April 21, in less than 90 minutes apart from each other. Tom was 84 years old and Delma was 82 years old at the time of their deaths.
They had done everything together during their relationship and not even death could take that away from them.
They shared 2 daughters after spending a lifetime together once they were introduced by a mutual friend while living in Florida in their early 20s. Tom was stationed in Florida for the military at the time.
Their first date barely counted, because it took place while Tom was moving his car one day.
"They drove around two, three different blocks or whatever and they came back and they parked," Nichols said, recalling what her father told her about the way her parents' long relationship began.
But that was all they needed to connect.
"He said he reached over and he grabbed her hand and he said, 'I don't know what made me do it.' he said, 'I just reached over and gave her a kiss on the cheek.'" Nichols recalled.
Tom and Delma married just 3 weeks after and thus began their whirlwind romance.
After having 2 daughters together, their family expanded to included 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.
Continue to the next page to see their lives together and how they left this earth hand-in-hand.
Once Tom retired, he and Delma traveled around the US, visiting various campsites across the country.
Delma then became sick and was unable to recover her health.
"They couldn't get a pulse. They couldn't get a blood pressure. They couldn't get anything. Yet mama was just hanging on to something," Nichols said.
That something turned out to be her husband Tom, who fell ill just a few days later.
"We got him over to the nursing home with Mama," Nichols said. "They had pushed their little beds together and Mama was laying right there, facing him. She was asleep and Daddy goes and he reached over there and he grabbed a hold of her hand and he just laid there with her, and it was so sweet."
Tim and Delma even had a joint obituary to keep in line with the way they lived their lives- together as one. The couple is now buried side-by-side at Restwood Memorial Park in Clute, Texas.
"Together for 62 years here on earth and now they will continue to share their love in Heaven."