- A couple, who served together in the second World War, died on the same day, only hours apart
- Isabell Whitney and Preble Staver took their last nap together in a care facility when they both passed away
- The couple had been married for seven decades and had five children during their time together
Isabell and Staver fell in love after meeting on a blind date in Philadelphia. However, they were separated when America joined the second World War.
Both enlisted in the war, with Isabell signing up as a nurse in the Navy in Maryland, while Preble joined the Marines.
Five months after the war ended, the couple walked down the aisle. On 15 February, 1946, they were announced husband and wife.
Since that day, Isabell and Staver had been blessed with five children, one being Laurie Staver Clinton.
The 62-year-old daugther opened up about her parents to People, adding they were great people.
"Mom really taught me that you can’t change another person but you can change your attitude towards them. Dad was a bit of a prickly pear!”, she said.
The couple lived long and happy lives, but they moved into long-term care facility in Norfolk in 2013.
Briefly.co.za learned Isabell started to shows signs of dementia. As her dementia got worse, the facility separated her and Staver.
Although the dementia got really bad, to the point were it was debilitating, Isabell never forgot her hubby.
“Sometimes we’d have to tell her to focus and look but when she looked and knew it was dad, she’d get that little smile,” Clinton said.
Staver requested he wanted to have a nap with his wife before turning 96-years-old, and little did anyone know it would be their last nap together.
“There was not a single word spoken between the two of them. They held hands and just fell asleep. I told dad, ‘This is mom’s birthday present for you.’ He was just so happy that he got to take his nap with her,” their daughter explained.
On his birthday, Isabell was wheeled in on a wheelchair and she sang to happy birthday to the man she called her husband for the past 70-years.
A few days after his birthday, the family received news that they should come and say goodbye to Isabell.
“He held her hand, and it was just so tender. I asked him if he wanted to stay after the prayers, and he shook his head. I said, ‘Okay, but you know that means you’re going to have to let go of her hand?’ I was crying, and he was crying”, she explained.
Staver died 14 hours after his wife, which is ironic since their birthdays are also 14 days apart.
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