Frank and Eleanor Turner died just hours apart after being married for nearly 65 years.
The couple married in 1938, when they were both 22.
Frank passed away on November 29 at the nursing home he was staying in, Autumn Care, in Marshville, North Carolina.
Eleanor had died nine hours earlier at a nearby hospice.
Relatives said that it was fitting that they died just hours apart.
“We’re still in shock. It doesn’t seem real to us,” niece Carolyn Warren told the Charlotte Observer. “But isn’t it ironic that they both passed, one and then the other?”
Linda Purser, the couple’s daughter, was debating whether to call Frank with the news of Eleanor’s death when she received a call that he had died.
“They didn’t give up. They had their share of fights, just like anybody else. But when it came down to everything in the end, they stuck together,” Purser said. “They worked together as a team to do everything.”