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CA couple married 62 years, die hours apart

Don and Maxine Simpson spent their last moments together (Source: KERO) Don and Maxine Simpson spent their last moments together (Source: KERO)
BAKERSFIELD, CA (KERO/CNN) -

We all hope for a love story that reminds us of a Hollywood movie, but for one California couple that love for one another was on display until the day they both died.

"All Don wanted was to be with his beautiful wife. He adored my grandmother, loved her to the end of the Earth," said Melissa Sloan of Bakersfield.

Two weeks ago, Don Simpson was at home when he fell, breaking his hip. The family took Don to the hospital, but his health was quickly declining.

Around the same time, the cancer his wife, Maxine, was battling for years also progressed.

They were married for almost 62 years and everything was done together.

The family knew, they couldn't keep them apart. So, they were moved to a spare bedroom in the family's home.

"We kept them together, and had their beds side-by-side," Sloan said. "Gram woke up and saw him, and held hands and they knew that they were next to each other."

But what no one knew is how they would leave this world.

"I knew in my heart this is what's supposed to happen. Grandma and grandpa are supposed to be together and grandma and grandpa are going to die together," she said.

And that's exactly what happened.

Maxine passed away. As the family had her body removed from the room, Don took his last breath.

"He left with her, and they passed four hours apart from each other," Sloan said.

The man, that married the love of his life more than 60 years ago, was only hours behind in death.

"It's just amazing. It really is amazing. It's a true love story," said Sloan.

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