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After 72 Years, They Died Holding Hands

Once in awhile you come across a story on the web that you’ve just got to pass on.
By Dave Boehi


Once in awhile you come across a story on the web that you’ve just got to pass on to others. I found two of these stories last week. One will give you a chuckle, and the other may cause your eyes to water a bit.

Story #1: Webcam 101

Bruce and Esther Huffman of McMinnville, Oregon, sat down at their new computer and tried to figure out how to capture a picture from the webcam. What Esther didn’t know was that she had activated the video capture and the computer was recording everything. In the video, as Esther puzzles over the computer, Bruce acts like a monkey, moans over wrinkles in his forehead, yawns and burps, compliments Esther on her hair, and much more. It’s hilarious and touching, a nice picture of a couple who are still crazy about each other after all those years.

The Huffmans discovered the recording a couple days later and showed it to their granddaughter, who then uploaded it to YouTube. And now it’s a hit, running up nearly 9 million hits since August. It’s worth watching.

Story #2: Together at the end

On the morning of May 26, 1939, Norma graduated from her high school in Iowa. That night she was married to Gordon Yeager. And for the next 72 years, they were hardly apart. “They just loved being together,” says their son, Dennis.

Their daughter, Donna, agrees: "They always did everything together,” she says. "They weren't apart. They just weren't."

According to Dennis, "The party didn't start until he showed up. He was the outgoing one and she supported him by being the giver. She supported Dad in everything. And he would've been lost without her."

Gordon, 94, and Norma, 90, became concerned about what would happen when one of them died. “He said, 'I have to stick around … I can't go until she does because I have to stay here for her.’ And she would say the same thing," Dennis says.

Earlier this month, they were in a car accident in their hometown of State Center, Iowa, and were sent to the hospital with multiple injuries. When they were separated, each asked about the other. Then they were moved into a room together, where they lay in side-by-side beds, holding hands.

Gordon, age 94, died in the middle of the afternoon. Everyone in the room was amazed at what happened next. Even though he had stopped breathing, his monitor still showed a heartbeat.

Finally they realized it was Norma’s heartbeat, passing through their hands.

Norma passed an hour later. "Neither one of them would've wanted to be without each other,” Donna says. “I couldn't figure out how it was going to work. We were very blessed, honestly, that they went this way."

And I suppose all of us are blessed to catch such a glimpse of oneness in marriage.

© 2011 by FamilyLife.  All rights reserved.

You can read more about the Yeagers by accessing the online sources for my information: An article on the website for Des Moines television station KCCI (it includes a nice video) and another on ABC News.

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Meet the Author: Dave Boehi

Dave Boehi is a senior editor at FamilyLife. He has written one book (I Still Do), coauthored the Preparing for Marriage workbook, edited dozens of books and Bible studies, and produces the FamilyLife e-newsletter Help & Hope. Dave and his wife, Merry, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, and have two married daughters.

 

 

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