An elderly couple from Bakersfield, California passed away in the most fitting way possible recently.
Don and Maxine Simpson, married for 62 years, died together in a room within four hours of each other, KERO-TV reports.
Family members say they couldn’t have asked for a better way for them to go.
"It's absolutely beautiful, and the story is beautiful," said Melissa Sloan, the couple's granddaughter. "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.”
The Simpsons met over 60 years ago in a bowling alley and were inseparable ever since. They raised children together, travelled the world, and became admired members of their Bakersfield community.
Two years ago, Don fell and broke his hip. Maxine, meanwhile, had been battling cancer for years. When the health of both began to deteriorate, their children moved them into a room together to live out their final days.
“We kept them together, and had their beds side-by-side,” Sloan said.
Maxine lost her battle with cancer recently and passed away. Sloan recounted to KERO-TV what happened in the following hours.
“I could hear on the monitor, [Maxine] took her last breath and I came to check. She had passed,” Sloan said. “I walked them out with her body, walked back in to check on grandpa and he quit breathing as soon as her body left the room. He left with her, and they passed four hours apart from each other.
“It’s just amazing. It really is amazing. It’s a true love story,” she said.