This real-life Nicholas Spark’s The Notebook story will leave you in tears. Love is real and alive somewhere, and this couple is all the proof you need. After a loving marriage of 70 years, they couldn’t stand to ever live without one another.
In Sickness And In Health
Raymond and Kathleen Atkins were married for 70 years. For two years, Raymond was battling lung cancer and was residing in the hospital for treatment.
With his 70th birthday coming up, he was eager to go home to celebrate the special day with his love.
For Better Or For Worse
The night before the anniversary, Raymond prayed all night that he would be let out. Fortunately, he made it to celebrate with Kathleen and the rest of the family. It seemed like things were looking up.
Unfortunately, a few days later, Raymond’s health once again declined. Then, the worst happened, and the 90-year-old was tragically found dead in his room.
Till Death Do Us Part
In the moments after he passed, Kathleen was overcome with complete grief. She crawled into bed and laid beside him. As she laid beside him and thought of their 70 years together she said: “I’m not gonna let him go alone.”
Moments later, she was gone too.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Together, the couple ran a taxi company with just a high school education. They leave that behind to their family.
Family was a big part of their lives, and together they had four children, six grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
Wise Words To Live By
When looking through their things after they passed, their family found some words of wisdom written down. It simply said, “Do the best that you can do.” The family says that’s all they did for the past 70 years, but they did it together, including death.
After passing 20 minutes apart, they are now laid to rest side by side forever.