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Couple married for 62 years died together, four hours apart

Don and Maxine Simpson were married for 62 years, and they died just four hours apart last week.
Megan Christensen, Deseret News Modified: August 4, 2014 at 7:41 pm •  Published: August 4, 2014

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Don and Maxine Simpson were inseparable during their 62 years of marriage, and not even death could detach them.

According to Buzzfeed, the two met at a bowling alley in Bakersfield and married a few years later.

Over the course of more than 60 years, the couple traveled the world, adopted two sons and took part in the YMCA, Rotary, and the Boys and Girls Club, according to ABC Bakersfield.

A few weeks ago, Don fell and broke his hip, and his health deteriorated quickly, Buzzfeed reported. Sequentially, Maxine's cancer took a turn for the worse.

"I told my sister on the phone, 'We've got one shot to get them together,'" Melissa Sloan, the Simpson's granddaughter, told ABC.

Sloan then moved her grandparents to a spare bedroom in her home, placing their hospital beds side by side.

"Grandma woke up and saw him, and they held hands and they knew they were next to each other," Sloan said.

Maxine died just four hours prior to Don.

"As soon as her body left the room, he left with her," Sloan said. "It's a true love story."


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