Loving Couple Married 61 Years Dies Hours Apart


holding handsFor the second time in less than four months, there's another story out there that makes me believe in true love ... in a love that's so powerful, it can do anything you will it to. In October we read about a couple in their 90s who died holding hands, and now there's a story out of Pennsylvania of a husband and wife who'd been married for 61 years that died just hours apart. Richard and Nancy Trimmer both passed away this Sunday; she was 77 and he was 81 years old. They had 6 children, 10 grandkids, and 12 great-grandkids.

They started their lives together back in 1951 and ended their lives together in 2012. Wait 'til you hear the details.

Richard was diagnosed with lung cancer and was only given six months to live. He was hospitalized when he took a turn for the worse, and Nancy, whose her daughter said "didn't want to be in the house without him," fell ill, as well, and was hospitalized with issues stemming from her heart surgery 10 years prior.

In separate hospitals, the lovebirds lay as family and friends prayed for their recovery. But on Sunday morning at 12:25 a.m., Nancy passed away. Heartbroken, the family knew they had to let Richard know the news, and headed over to his hospital to fill him in.

When they got there, the clock over his hospital bed had stopped on 12:25. Richard wasn't very lucid, like he had been just a day before, and asked for his family to "hold me tighter now" as he drifted off to meet Nancy. He died just a few hours after Nancy did.

It's stories like these, these infrequent little bursts of faith, love, and togetherness, that bring a sense of hope into our lives. You don't hear tales like these that often, but when you do, it kind of makes you glance out the side of your eye and wonder how you're going to die. And if we're half as lucky as Nancy and Richard, we'll go surrounded by love, for love.

How does this story make you feel?


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Bertha21 Bertha21

That is really sweet! Yet sad, but still really sweet :) My grandfather died at age 93 hugging my grandma(87) in bed. She laid there with his dead body for hours until someone noticed they were sleeping in for too long and decided to check on them. My grandmother said she didn't want to leave his arms :( After that she became very ill and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and died two years later. I have always believed in true love since that happened . They were married 71 years and he still treated her like a queen :) I love stories like this.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

Bertha21, that is so sweet!  How awesome for your grandfather to pass like that, peaceful, with his girl in his arms.  Thank you for sharing! 

This story was great, too - but I'm sad that they were in separate hospitals before they died.  Very sad for their kids, too - both parents at the same time is rough.

MegTh... MegTheGem

The power of true love. I firmly believe that the same would happen with my husband and I; we've been together since high school (almost 12 years, married for almost 4) and he has told me repeatedly that should I die before him, and our kids were grown, he wouldn't have anymore reason to be on Earth.

Stric... StrictMomof2

I believe my husband and I would die without each other. We've been separated from each other and have always been drawn back together every time we've been apart. Each time we've come back together it's been like "we're coming home." However, we always held onto the faith that we were going to be back together one day. If one of us were to die, I believe it would literally be the death of the other!! We've been in each other's lives going on 19 years and officially married going on 4. (Long love story!!)

nonmember avatar Jac

This is such a precious story. My Grandparents died in 2008. They both had cancer. Granddaddy went first, Grandmommy followed him a week later. They had a profound & perfect love.


That is a real sweet story and hope that my husband and I go just like that,we have been together for 14 yrs and today is our 6th yr Wedding Anniversary.

Smart... Smart.AND.Sexy

why the hell were they in separate hospitals?

Eversnow Eversnow

I just wish they were in the same hospital. Such a sad sad romantic story. A love like that is amazing.

Momma... Momma2Miranda

Aww this reminds me of my grandparent's who died at 94 and 93, they died exactly a month apart.

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