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MORGAN HARPER NICHOLS-STORYTELLER
I don't know about you, but I love true Romance. This story is one like that.
An Iowa couple married 72 years died one hour apart in the hospital while holding hands.
They tied the knot in 1939.
"Staying together for 72 years is good, I'd say that's exceptional," said one of their kids.
They said their dad was the life of the party, while mom kept everything together.
They hardly left each other's side for 72 years.
"Last Wednesday they left home to go into town. Somehow there was an accident," said one of their children.
At the intersection of Highway 30 and Jessup Avenue, just west of Marshalltown, State Troopers said Gordon pulled in front of an oncoming car.
In the intensive care unit of Marshalltown's hospital, nurses knew not to separate Gordon and Norma.
"They brought them in the same room in intensive care and put them together, and they were holding hands in intensive care and then, with the morphine and everything they were not really responsive,"
Gordon died at 3:38 p.m. holding hands with his wife, and the family they built surrounded them.