We have been intrigued by the legendary-fictional story of Romeo and Juliet and always wish such true love story could reflect in our lives especially based on the premise that we are truly in love. For this couple who were married for 70-years ( YES 70-years), they illustrated what ’till death do us apart’ means.
Well read on….
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. Isabell and Staver had been blessed with five children, one being Laurie Staver Clinton. The 62-year-old daughter 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!.”
The couple lived long and happy lives, but they moved into long-term care facility in Norfolk in 2013. Reports suggests Isabell started to show signs of dementia. As her dementia got worse, the facility separated her and Staver. Although the dementia got really bad, to the point where 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,”
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.
Isabell was wheeled in on a wheelchair and she sang 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.
Such an emotional love story.