A Tennessee couple died hours apart at a local hospital after nearly 64 years of marriage.
Trent Winstead, 88, and his wife Dolores, 83, met in the 1950s and had two children and three grandchildren, The Washington Post reports.
As well as being husband and wife, they were best friends.
Sheryl, the couple’s daughter, said Trent, a veteran, was outgoing and enjoyed fishing and playing golf, while Dolores was reserved and liked to cook.
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“It sounds so simple but it was so sweet,” Sheryl told The Post. “They loved each other through the humdrum days. They were more and more in love every day.”
Trent rarely went to the doctor, but when he found it increasingly difficult to eat, his daughter persuaded him to go.
Doctors discovered Trent’s kidneys were failing. He was put on dialysis, but the treatment weakened his heart.
“I don’t know what I would do without him,” Dolores told her adult children as she stood by Trent’s hospital bed.
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But Dolores’ health soon took a turn for the worse. On Dec. 7, she suffered a brain hemorrhage while waiting at Trent’s bedside.
Dolores was rushed into another room, where medical staff connected her to a breathing apparatus and sought to revive her. But as the seriousness of her condition became clear, doctors made the unprecedented decision to place the couple in the same room next to each other.
Dolores and Trent were pictured holding hands.
Eddie, the couple’s other adult child, had the difficult task of breaking the news to his father that Dolores had died just after 9 p.m. on Dec. 8.
At around 4 p.m. the following day, Trent passed away.
“Because she was gone, he just could not handle it,” Sheryl said. “We just watched him die.”
The couple died just five weeks prior to their 64th wedding anniversary and two weeks before Christmas.
“Christmas used to be both of their favorite time of the year,” Eddie told WNCN.
A joint funeral for Dolores and Trent was organized. They were laid to rest together, with Dolores in a pink casket and Trent in a blue one.
“I hadn’t thought about it this way at the time; literally, he died of a broken heart," Sheryl told The Post.