Gordon and Norma Yeager were wedded the same day Norma graduated out of high school – on the 26th of May 1939. As you look through the video, the pictures that are shown of them are so beautiful.
Their son said of his mother, “the more she did, the more she smiled.” His dad was the “life of the party”, while his mum was the one that “kept everything together”. They, of course, had their fair share of fall-outs, but they adored each other and adored spending time together.
With a couple that close, who’ve been together for a long time and are elderly, it’s natural to wonder and worry about how one half will cope when the other goes.
His dad is known to have said, “I can’t go until she does ‘cos I gotta stay here for her”. His mother thought the same of him.
Sadly last year, the couple were involved in a car accident. Though they were barely conscious, they held hands in intensive care. Gordon died at 3.38pm. But his heart monitor was still beeping. The nurse there said it was because they were holding hands and Norma’s heart was beating through Gordon which is what the monitor was picking up.
About an hour later, Norma followed her husband of 72 years. They died holding hands.
Gordon was 94. Norma was 90.
At their funeral, they were put in one casket, still holding hands, before being cremated and their family mixing their ashes together — together, as closely as they had been in life.
This is such a lovely story, tinged with sadness, but mostly beautiful. A real-life fairy tale.