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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A couple married for 62 years died the same way they lived: together.

According to KERO, Don and Maxine Simpson met in a bowling alley and got married a few years later.

They traveled all over the world and adopted two sons.

About two weeks ago, Don fell at home and broke his hip so he was taken to the hospital. Maxine was also battling cancer and had been for years. Her cancer progressed.

Their family them to the same bedroom with their beds side-by-side.

“I told my sister on the phone, we got one shot to get them together,” Sloan said. “Gram woke up and saw him, and held hands and they knew that they were next to each other,” said Sloan.

Their granddaughter, Melissa Sloan, heard Maxine’s last breaths. Four hours later, just after Maxine’s body was taken out of the room, Melissa checked on her grandfather. He was gone, too.


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