Perhaps the most heartwarming part of Stephanie’s photo is that it wasn’t a work of fiction. One of Tom and Delma’s daughters admitted that the two first got together through a mutual friend. It wasn’t any more than three weeks later that they were married, and well on their way to happily ever after. They were best friends and lovers, married for 62 years, and remained entirely inseparable through the entire experience. It was a love story most only dream of. So much so that few of us have ever witnessed such long-term loving devotion with our own eyes. (1, 2)
Texas Couple Holds Hands In Hospice
However, unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. After 62 years of marriage, Delma’s health slowly began failing. She was soon admitted into a nursing home in order to receive the best care possible. Only a few days after her move, her husband, Tom, fell ill as well. According to one of the couple’s daughters, Doneeta, “We got him over to the nursing home with Mama. They had pushed their little beds together and Mama was laying right there, facing him. She was asleep and Daddy goes and he reached over there and he grabbed ahold of her hand and he just laid there with her, and it was so sweet.” (1, 2)
On April 21 of 2017, the beloved old couple held hands across the gap in their beds. They both passed away, still holding hands, only ninety minutes apart. While heartbreaking, everyone relished in the purity of their relationship. “It was exactly how they wanted to go,” one of their children explained. “It couldn’t have been any better.” Tom and Delma were appropriately laid to rest in peace, side by side. (1, 2)
Finding Lasting Love
Many of us want to know the secret to a long and healthy love life. We watch movies and hear stories, constantly wondering what the trick is to gaining happiness and a best friend until death. But perhaps there is no trick at all. Perhaps the only requirement is a willingness to love and to hold, to cherish in sickness and in health, no matter the circumstances, obstacles, or consequences. Tom and Delma were a beautiful example of real, honest love.