Photo: A Scene From The Notebook

It’s the real-life tale being compared to one of Hollywood’s most romantic movies.

An elderly couple have passed away just hours from each other, almost 62 years after they first met.

Don and Maxine Simpson spent their final hours together, holding hands with their beds side by side.

According to their granddaughter, Melissa Sloan, the couple’s love story was beautiful – even in death.

“All Don wanted was to be with his beautiful wife.  He adored my grandmother, loved her to the end of the earth,” she told KERO-TV.

Photo: Don and Maxine hold hands before passing away (AP Photo/Melissa Sloan)

The couple’s health deteriorated after Don broke his hip and Maxine’s cancer progressed.

The family knew they couldn’t keep the elderly couple apart and moved them into a bedroom together at Sloan’s home.

She said the couple held hands during their final moments.

“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.

“I could hear on the monitor, she took her last breath and I came to check.  She had passed.

“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.”



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