This is no ordinary love story. This is the love story that inspires both movies and magic. It all started in the sixties in North Dakota. Maxine was a beautiful local girl and Don was a hardworking civil engineer. They met at a bowling alley and that was where their lives together began. Shortly after, the two were wed and determined to take on the world together. Their family spoke about how inseparable and devoted the couple was to one another. Even when the two fell ill many years later, their granddaughter Melissa Sloan said they demanded to stay together.
“I told my sister on the phone, we got one shot to get them together,” Sloan told the Daily News. “We kept them together, and had their beds side-by-side,” she said.
They were together for over 60 years
Little did she know that she was setting up a scene straight out of a Hollywood film.
The family speculated that the two would die together, but more so in jest in the beginning. Don and Maxine adored one another and during their fruitful marriage, they adopted two young boys while traveling the world. They made the most out of their lives together and never left each others’ side.
When Maxine was diagnosed with cancer it moved quickly throughout her system and it wasn’t long after that, she became bedridden. When Maxine fell ill, Don followed his beloved into sickness with a broken hip due to a bad fall a few weeks later. His health deteriorated just as quickly as hers and before the summer was over they were both bedridden. Together.
When their granddaughter moved them to the comfort of their family home the couple stayed in the same room as promised. During their final months alive they slept in separate beds that were close enough where they could reach over and hold hands. Sometimes in the middle of the night Maxine would search for Don’s hand in the darkness just to make sure he was still there. They looked through old family photo albums, reminisced about the past and enjoyed the company of their granddaughters’ and others.
When they stayed in their family home, their granddaughter, Melissa Sloan was the first to call it.
“I knew in my heart this is what’s supposed to happen. Grandma and grandpa are supposed to be together and grandma and grandpa are going to die together,” Sloan told KERO news.
Holding hands, Maxine passed before Don. After Maxine was removed from the room, Don died only four hours later. The family knew he had died of a broken heart.
“I walked them out with her body, walked back in to check on grandpa and he quit breathing as soon as her body left the room,” Sloan said.
She shared photographs of her grandparents with news outlets to let others know of the incredibly strong love that Don and Maxine had shared.
The couple put a new meaning on the vow, ’till death do us part.’ They journeyed to the end of their lifetime of love and slipped into what could be an eternity of their adoration.