Couple Married 59 Years Die Together While Holding Hands: ‘They Were Never, Ever Separated’

Just like The Notebook’s Allie and Noah ❤️.

A couple that had been married for 59 years died while holding hands in a North Carolina hospital on August 15 — just as they had planned.

Margaret Livengood, 80, and her husband, Don, 84, passed away within just hours of each other after being treated at the Carolinas Healthcare System Northeast in Concord, North Carolina. Margaret succumbed to cancer, while Don had been suffering from pulmonary fibrosis and bilateral pneumonia.

According to the Salisbury Post, the hospital staff bent the rules and placed the couple’s two hospital beds in the same room in intensive care. They positioned their beds close enough so that the two could hold hands during their final days. 

Don and Margaret Livengood
Don and Margaret Livengood Courtesy of

“We could walk in together, just like we’re getting married again,” Don had told their daughter, Pattie, prior to his death.

According to Pattie, her dad also slipped a note into her “personal record book” for them to find later. It read: “To my family, I love you all!! Please don’t mourn for me at my death. Have a service of praise and thanks. My faith and trust is in Jesus Christ, not only in my earthly life but throughout eternity. Love, Daddy. My greatest desire is that all of you believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin (John 3:16).”

“Anybody who knows them, that’s what they were about,” Pattie told the Salisbury Post of her parents’ religious faith.

Don and Margaret married on Margaret’s birthday, June 15, 1957. “They were never, ever separated in life,” Pattie concluded to the Salisbury Post. 

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