California Couple Married 62 Years Die Hours Apart



After 62 years of marriage, a California couple passed away just hours apart from each other.
Don and Maxine Simpson of Bakersfield met while bowling – he was a civil engineer from North Dakota, she was a local gal – and the pair married a few years later. Over the course of their decades together, they adopted two sons and were involved with local organizations like the Rotary Club, while still making time for travel.

Their family says that, over the years, the couple remained inseparable.
“All Don wanted was to be with his beautiful wife,” granddaughter Melissa Sloan told KERO News. “He adored my grandmother, loved her to the end of the Earth.”
Years ago, Maxine was diagnosed with cancer, and over the summer her condition rapidly worsened. After Don broke his hip in a bad fall in July, their granddaughters decided to move them into the same room in the family home.
“We kept them together and had their beds side by side,” Melissa Sloan said. The couple spent their final weeks together holding hands, looking at old family photos.
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