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Couple Of 63 Years Die Within Hours Of Each Other

| by Michael Howard

A couple who had been married for 63 years died within hours of each other on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, respectively.

Trent and Delores Winstead met in the 1950s in Dickson County, Tennessee. For more than six decades, they were largely inseparable.

"They were devoted to each other," their daughter, Sheryl, told Today. "They did everything together."

In their golden years, a favorite pastime was watching the evening news together.

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"He would come up at 9:30 every night and they would watch it together, holding hands," Sheryl said.

When Trent, 88, was admitted to the hospital for kidney failure, Delores, 83, sat by his bedside, wondering whether she could go on without him.

"I just don't know how I could live without him," Sheryl recalled her mother telling her.

The following day, Delores lost consciousness and was transferred to the emergency room, where doctors discovered that she had had a brain aneurysm.

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"She starts having a really bad headache," the couple's son, Eddie, told WKRN. "She was having a brain aneurysm. Both of them ended up in the same hospital room. From that point, she lasted about two days."

When Delores died, Eddie broke the news to his ailing father.

"I had to lean down next to him and just kind of tell him, 'Mom has passed,'" Eddie said. "When that happened, it was kind of like his whole spirit just changed."

Trent told his daughter that he felt lost.

"I was supposed to go first," he told Sheryl. "I don't know who I will sit on the couch with and watch the 10 o'clock news with."

Despite word from the doctors that Trent had a chance of recovery, it was clear that he was winding down.

"His kidneys were trying to recuperate, but he was literally dying of a broken heart," Sheryl said.

In his last words to his father, Eddie assured him that he understood if Trent chose to let go.

"I told him, I said, 'Dad, if you want to go be with mom, that's quite alright with Sheryl and I.'"

Trent died a few hours later, less than a day after his wife. The two were just over a month away from celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary, which would have fell on Jan. 17.

"In one sense it’s a super sweet story, and in another it’s super sad," Sheryl told Today. "I know they are together and happy for eternity, and that is a comfort to me. But I never in a million years dreamed I would walk out of the hospital without either one of them."

Sources: Today, WKRN / Photo credit: Sheryl Winstead via Today

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