Couple of 65 Years Dies Hours Apart, Unaware of Each Other's Passing

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Long-married couple Frank and Eleanor Turner were together nearly 65 years before they died hours apart, neither having any idea that the other also passed.

A picture of the couple's dual obituaries made the rounds on Reddit on Monday:

According to their local newspaper, Eleanor died in Monroe, N.C. on the morning of November 29 while in hospice care. Hours later, Frank followed her.

Unaware that his wife had died, he suffered respiratory failure and passed away.

It's fitting, in a bittersweet sense, as the couple's love story is one for the ages.

Frank and Eleanor met at a car dealership way back in 1948 where Frank was shopping for a new vehicle and Eleanor was working as a secretary.

Asked if he wanted to test drive a car, Frank responded, "Yes, but only if I can take your secretary with me," the couple's daughter Linda Purser said.

The rest is history. The couple's bond lasted over six decades and produced two children and three grandchildren, their marriage strong until the end.

Before Eleanor was moved to hospice care, Frank looked after his spouse even while the pair lived in a nursing home together, their daughter said:

Couple's Obituaries

“[Frank] was still able to walk, and she wasn’t. She was supposed to pull a cord to alert the staff when she needed something, but she’d just call him instead."

“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."

Born just 26 days apart, the couple celebrated their 87th birthdays this July. The two were buried, together, at Lakeland Memorial Park in North Carolina.


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