Here’s a story for the true romantics. A married couple of 65 years from North Carolina died within hours of each other, in separate care facilities, the husband unaware that his beloved wife had passed. Yes, love does conquer all, even death, according to the Charlotte Observer on Thursday.
The love story went viral after Reddit user UpUpDnDnLRLRBAstart posted the pair’s side-by-side obits. The couple of 65 years died on Friday, 87-year-old Eleanor Witt Turner passed in the early morning and her husband, 87-year-old Frank Turner, joined his wife for eternity nine hours later.
Frank and Eleanor’s family detailed the couple’s love story to the Charlotte Observer. The Turners were born 22 days apart in 1926 and would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve. Frank went into a North Carolina car dealership where Eleanor worked as a secretary and wouldn’t take a test drive unless she joined him. The pair wed a few months later.
Linda Purser, the couple’s daughter, told the newspaper her parents’ marriage had a strong bond, despite their share of fights and the dementia that plagued Eleanor later in life.
They didn’t give up. They had their share of fights, just like anybody else. But when it came down to everything in the end, they stuck together. They worked together as a team to do everything. They loved each other, and you could always tell they were proud to be out together. They were just meant for each other.
Eleanor was moved into a nursing home and Frank hated to be without his wife, until dementia started to affect him as well.
Dad couldn’t stand to be without her. He didn’t want to be apart from her. So he would try to drive over to see her, but the dementia started getting to him, too, and he would get lost. He was doing stuff he wasn’t supposed to be doing. He did for her anything she wanted because he just adored her so much. And she sure loved him, too.
The couple whose love defied death moved into a senior living facility together and then Frank suffered a stroke. Not long after, Eleanor also had a stroke and was checked into the same hospital on the day her husband was to be released. The pair was photographed holding hands as they grasped for each other through the hallway of the hospital. The photographs would be the last seen of the love they shared together here on Earth.
They thought alike; they both wanted the same things out of life. They were the same. And they were lost without each other.
Eleanor was moved to a hospice and her devoted husband, who didn’t qualify for the same type of care, was transferred to another facility.
Their daughter received the first phone call at 4:40 a.m. to notify her of Eleanor’s death. Linda hadn’t the heart to call her father, and at 1:30 p.m. the news of Frank's death had arrived.
The couple was buried together on Monday and their love story will live forever.
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