Looks like we’re getting quite a few moving stories about older couples lately. Barely a month ago, we reported about the lovely Ohio couple who died within hours of each other after living together for 70 years. Now we have another similar story from South Carolina.
According to a WYFF TV report, June and Norbert Rogers of South Carolina died just one day apart after being married 72 years – Norbert on April 7, followed by June on April 8, 2014. June and Norbert met and eloped back in August, 1941. June was still in her teens, while Norbert was serving in the Navy. Norbert went on to serve in the Navy for 24 years.
At the time of their marriage, June’s mother had predicted that the love between the couple wouldn’t last long. She couldn’t have been more wrong. June and Norbert lived a fulfilling life for over seven decades, had five children, 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, according to their joint obituary.
Earlier this year, June had taken ill and was in a serious condition. Norbert, on the other hand, was in good health. Norbert had always said in the past that he was the one who should go first and he actually did. A few hours before June passed away, Norbert passed away as well. He was 97. She was 89.
According to Wes Crisp, a friend of the Rogers, Norbert had willed himself to go before June did as there were no visible signs of him being sick. He added that Norbert had actually died of a broken heart because of his wife’s illness. Before going, the old, loving couple did leave a message for people who asked them for marriage advice:
“Be kind, lift each other up, and don’t put each other down.”
Through the decades, June and Norbert built a lasting love and life and in their case, only death is what did part them, that too within hours of each other.
[Image via Legacy.com]