We often watch romantic movies with stories so magical and dream of having that romance too. For this couple, they really did have that ‘movie’ romance, and the end may have been sad but it was beautiful too.
Grab the tissues!
While studying in Pennsylvania in the early 1940, Preble Staver and Isabell Whitney went on their first date. While both felt something, it took some time before they could really be together.
Preble became a marine during World War 2, while Isabell worked as a navy nurse. Preble was even awarded a bronze star for his bravery.
The war ended, and five long months thereafter, the couple met again. It was 1946, February the 15th, the beginning of a marriage which lasted for an incredible seven decades!
The couple had five children together, and Isabell returned to nursing once the children had all grown up.
Back in 2013, the couple moved into a care facility in Norfolk, Virginia after doctors diagnosed Isabell with dementia.
Watching his wife suffer took a toll on Preble, and sadly he and Isabell were placed in different rooms. Luckily, Isabell still remembered him.
“Sometimes, we’d have to tell her to focus and look but when she looked and knew it was dad, she’d get that little smile”
Preble’s 96th birthday was approaching and he had one last plea. He wanted to nap with his wife for the last time. Arrangements were made for the two of them to cuddle and be with each other for a few others.
“There was not a single word spoken between the two of them. They held hands and just fell asleep. I told dad, ‘This is mom’s birthday present for you.’ He was just so happy that he got to take his nap with her.”
About one week later, their daughter Laurie and her father went to say goodbye Isabell, as they were told she did not have much more time. She passed away later that day. Prebble passed 14 hours later.
“They were great people. Mom really taught me that you can’t change another person but you can change your attitude towards them,” she said.
“Dad was a bit of a prickly pear! Dad was the strict one. Mom tried to be strict, but we knew what we could get away with her. It was pretty much a father rules the roost sort of thing.” -Daughter Laurie Staver Clinton
Astonishingly, the couple, who were born only fourteen days apart, died only fourteen hours apart.