Even though we see many love stories on television and movies, this amazing real-life couple shows the most amazing story of their boundless love for each other. Their story will melt anyone’s heart after they spent 70 years together and died within hours of one another.
Isabell Whitney and Preble Staver met on a blind date in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while studying there in the early 1940s.
The love of both of them could be seen since then, however, it would take some time before it would completely develop.
After some time, World War II began in Europe and both Isabell and Preble joined the Allies’ to defeat the regime of the Nazis. Preble became a Marine, being awarded a bronze star for his bravery, while Isabell was stationed in Maryland working as a Navy nurse.
The lovers married on February 15, 1946, five months after the war ended.
This was the beginning of an amazing marriage that lasted seven decades and ended like in fairytales.
Isabell and Preble had five children. As Preble made some career transitions in his life, Isabell raised the children being the head of the family. However, both of them supported each other when their son Peter suffered a tragic death playing football in his senior year of high school.
As soon as the children grew up, Isabell went back to nursing.
Laurie Staver Clinton, her daughter, now at the age of 62, described her parents in an article on People magazine.
She told the magazine that “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! Dad was the strict one. Mom tried to be strict, but we knew what we could get away with her. It was pretty much a father rules the roost sort of thing.”
After Isabell was diagnosed with dementia in 2013, the couple decided to move to a care facility in Norfolk, Virginia.
Preble took his toll watching the suffering of his wife and tragically were separated in different rooms. However, in luck, Isabell still remembered her husband.
Laurie said that “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.”
Preble made a touching plea as his 96th birthday was closing on. His request was to have one last nap with his wife.
The workers of the care facility made the arrangements for the two of them to lie next to each other for a few hours.
Laurie explained that “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.”
Not a week passed when Laurie got a call that it was time to say goodbye to her mother.
Together with her dad, they went in to say their goodbyes.
Laurie stated that “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.”
Isabell passed later that day, and fourteen hours after her death, Prebble followed her.
This couple was born fourteen days apart and died only fourteen hours from each other.
Laurie told People magazine the marital secret of her parents.
“Mom and dad really lived out that, if you make a commitment, and even though life gets rough or life gets in the way, you work through life, and you live your life together.”
There is a scene from the 2004 film, The Notebook, which has some similarities with Preble and Isabell.