This one-in-a-million video captured a loving interaction between a heartbreakingly cute elderly couple, as the wife lay dying in the hospital.
When 92-year-old Howard leaned over and kissed 93-year-old Laura, who was lying in bed, you could tell they had the truest of true loves. He gently stroked her face as they professed their adoration for each other after being married for 73 years.
“I was your best lover! I don’t know how many others you had, but I was the best!” said Howard.
“Oh, I know it,” said Laura, as everyone laughed.
Howard’s hearing was not so good, and Laura could barely see, but they knew they were close to each other, and that’s all that mattered. Howard stayed with her the entire time she was in the hospital, even though he was in a wheelchair.
Then, a song began playing in the background, “You’ll Never Know,” performed by Rosemary Clooney with Harry James.
This is one of the family’s favorite songs, especially since Laura’s voice was always compared to Rosemary Clooney. Laura and Howard were known to sing this song at family gatherings, and they even performed it together at the reception of their 50-year wedding anniversary, where they renewed their marriage vows.
Laura originally listened to this song to cheer herself up after Howard left to fight in World War II.
Too weak to sing, Laura started saying the words of the song. Howard then took over for her, serenading her with devotion in his voice.
“Isn’t he sweet?” asked Laura.
This video was posted to Facebook, where it went viral, creating a huge wave of support and love from people around the world. The couple’s family said it raised everyone’s spirits.
Despite having been given only a week to live, Laura began to feel better and was allowed to go back home.
Laura survived with her husband for eight more months, but surprisingly, Howard passed away five days before she died on May 20, 2016. They were buried in their hometown of Sarasota, Florida.
“They are survived by their nine children, eighteen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren,” stated their obituary.