Floyd and Violet Hartwig knew each other for decades — they went to elementary school together, stayed in touch with love letters after Floyd went to fight in WWII, and eventually got married in 1947. And after all that time, they kept holding on to each other up until the moment he passed a few weeks ago. Five hours later, Violet died as well.
The pair, who had their beds pushed together in their Easton, California home so they could hold hands during what would become their last moments, had been beset by illness for many years.
Floyd battled cancer and eventually was diagnosed with kidney failure and Violet suffered from dementia, but that never stopped them from looking out for each other. They always tried to dine together at the kitchen table and even when Floyd couldn't get around well towards the end, he always put his wife first.
"He would tell the doctor, 'I'm OK, I want Vi fixed,'" their daughter Donna Scharton told . "His concern was helping her. He was not going to give up on that."
Scharton also said that she thinks their connection became even stronger in the last months of their lives. Even while the family grieved at the funeral home, they knew it was the only way their story could end.
"We felt blessed because we knew that's what they wanted."
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