True Romance: Elderly Couple Dies Holding Hands

Jill Harness

There are plenty of stories of loving, elderly couples dying within a few years or even months of one another, but an hour apart is pretty impressive. That's what happened when Norma and Gordon Yeager recently passed away. The couple, who had been married for 72 years, were rushed to a hospital after they had been involved in a car accident.

Hospital workers put Norma and Gordon in an ICU room together, where the couple continued to hold hands even after losing consciousness. In fact, Gordon's heart monitor continued beating after he stopped breathing—it was sensing Norma's heartbeat through his hand. Exactly one hour later, Norma slipped away as well.

While the couple's kids are obviously disappointed their parents have died, they were touched to see them pass away in such a manner. "Neither one of them would've wanted to be without each other. I couldn't figure out how it was going to work," said their daughter, Donna Sheets. "We were very blessed, honestly, that they went this way."