Just like Noah and Allie's heartwarming love story in The Notebook, a couple married for 67 years have died hours apart in their bed, holding hands.
“They had a connection, and I think that connection just came more and more, especially in the last months of their lives,” the couple's daughter, Donna, told 'The Fresno Bee' of her late parents.
James Garner (Noah) and Gena Rowlands (Allie) in 'The Notebook.' (Photo Credit: R/R)
Floyd and Violet Hartwig first met in elementary school but didn't start dating until World War II when he enlisted in the Navy, the newspaper reported. While he was away, the couple continued their courtship by exchanging more than 100 handwritten letters.
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In 1947, Violet and Floyd married while he was home on leave. They later had three children — Donna, Carol, and Kenneth — four grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, their joint obituary stated.
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As they grew older, Violet began suffering from dementia while Floyd was diagnosed with kidney failure in January 2014. On Feb. 11, surrounded by friends and family, 90-year-old Floyd and 89-year-old Violet passed away — holding hands in their adjacent Hospice beds — just five hours apart in Fresno, Calif.
Watch a video about Floyd and Violet's touching love story below.
'The Fresno Bee' first reported this story.
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