How devoted are you to your lover?
If you’ve seen the romantic film “The Notebook” the movie’s ending has come to life.
Norma, 90, and Gordon, 94, have been together since 1939. They married right after graduating from high school.
“They’re very old-fashioned. They believed in marriage till death do us part,” said son Dennis Yeager.
Gordon is quoted as saying, “I can’t go until she does, because I got to stay here for her.”
Last Wednesday, the couple decided to drive into town and, tragically, became involved in a car accident at the intersection of Highway 30 and Jessup Avenue, just west of Marshall Town. According to state troopers, Gordon accidentally positioned his vehicle in front of an oncoming car.
Paramedics took the Yeagers to the same room in intensive care and placed them together, for as the younger Yeager explained it, the nurses knew not to separate them.
They held hands in intensive care, but, due to the hospital’s administering of morphine, the couple remained unresponsive.
Gordon died at 3:38 p.m., holding hands with Norma, while their family surrounded them. Still, what happened next will never be forgotten. According to Dennis Yeager:
“It was really strange, they were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn’t figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going. But we were like, he isn’t breathing. How does he still have a heart beat?”
The attending nurse was able to offer an explanation:
“The nurse checked and said that’s because they were holding hands and it’s going through them. Her heart was beating through him and it [the monitor] picked it up.”
At 4:48 p.m., exactly one hour after her husband had passed, Norma passed as well. The family said the couple will be cremated and their ashes mixed together.
Now that’s what you call real love.