Some relationships wriggle out with time, while some set examples of how love can be so eternal……not just in life but even in death.
This is a true story for this elderly couple who lived in the US, who loved and cherished each other in all happy times, in sickness and till death did them part.
Tom, 84, and Delma Ledbetter, 82, were married couple for 62 years and took their last breaths together on their deathbeds, dying hand in hand, in a nursing home. Husband Tom passed away first, subsequently followed by wife Delma — just within one and a half hours.
Daughter Donetta Nichols said:
“It was exactly how they wanted to go. It couldn’t have been any better.”
The love story of Tom and Delma Ledbetter began when they were in their early 20s, during the 1950s. The loving couple from Lake Jackson knew each other through mutual friends while living in Florida, and straight away, they knew that they were meant to be together.
Tom and Delma, who were survived by two daughters, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, relied on each other for companionship in their twilight years. They traveled around the United States, visiting campsite to campsite.
Couple of years ago, Delma became so ill, immediately followed by Tom days later, that they had to be hospitalized in a nursing home.
“They couldn’t get a pulse. They couldn’t get a blood pressure. They couldn’t get anything. Yet mama was just hanging on to something. It seems that ‘something,’ was her husband Tom, as strangely he fell ill shortly after his beloved wife.”
“We got him over to the nursing home with Mama. They had pushed their little beds together and Mama was laying right there, facing him. She was asleep and Daddy goes and he reached over there and he grabbed a hold of her hand and he just laid there with her, and it was so sweet,” Nichols continued.
Tom and Delma Ledbetter were together for 62 years, and even in death, they never let go of each other’s hands!
Such stories are rare to come across in today’s times and surely these stories do matter! Spread love, it never fails.