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Man and wife die hours apart, after 65 years together

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Frank and Eleanor Turner.
Frank and Eleanor Turner.

A COUPLE WHO were married for almost 65 years died within hours of each other in separate nursing homes in North Carolina last week.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Eleanor and Frank Turner were born less than a month apart in July 1926.

They were married in on Christmas Eve in 1948 and had been together ever since.

The pair had met at a car dealership and were married a few months later. Frank worked for Associated Press and so the family – they had two children – moved around a lot, but ultimately settled in Charlotte, North Carolina.

When Eleanor and Frank both began to show signs of dementia they moved into a nursing home.

A few weeks ago they both suffered strokes within a few days of each other and they met for the last time as he was being released from hospital, and she was being admitted.

Family members took pictures of the last time they held hands:

frank Source: WBTV

Eleanor was discharged to a local hospice, while Frank was brought to a nursing home.

Eleanor died in the early hours of last Friday morning, and Frank died around 9 hours later. Their daughter Linda told the Charlotte Observer that she had not told her father that his wife had passed away.

Linda told WBTV:

She went first and she got to heaven and she hollered for Frank. And he decided to come too. He wasn’t going on without her.

Frank and Eleanor’s obituaries appeared beside each other in the newspaper, both bearing the same picture.

turner Source: WBTV

This story bears a striking resemblance to the tale of Harold and Ruth Knape, who died within hours of each other in August. They too had been married for 65 years.

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