Couple dies hours apart after celebrating 58th wedding anniversary

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Senior married couple holding hands (Source: Thinkstock)

George and Ora Lee Rodriguez celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on June 1. A little more than a month later, the couple passed away just hours apart, surrounded by family in their San Antonio home, holding each other’s hands.

A daughter, Corina Martinez, told CNN affiliate WOAI she “can’t believe something like this would ever happen.”

Her parents’ love story was like something out of a romance movie, she explains, such as ‘The Notebook.” In the film, the main characters, Noah and Allie, were reunited after years apart and died together holding hands.

Martinez says George and Ora Lee first met in a San Antonio meat market where George was working as a butcher. After serving as a Marine, George married Ora Lee and they moved to the city’s West Side. Together, the couple raised three daughters.

Their love held strong

Eventually, George and Ora Lee both developed dementia, and George suffered a stroke. Through it all, their love held strong.

On Tuesday, George passed away. Several hours later, Ora Lee passed as well.

“We had them here at the house, in their hospital beds, right beside each other,” Martinez said. “They were holding hands.”

The moment was bittersweet, sparking many fond family memories.

There are photos of the couple on their wedding day, and there are treasured mementos from their almost six decades of marriage like a hat and a pair of boots that George loved.

The couple’s death was a reflection of their life together, side by side, hand in hand.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.