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Married 69 Years, Hospitalized Couple Holds Hands Til the Very End

Tommy and Virginia Stevens, both 91, were, in the eyes of their family and friends, a legendary couple. The Tennessee high school sweethearts proved earlier this month that their love truly endured until “death do us part.” Tommy passed away on September 8 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Virginia, who was also hospitalized, was moved from her room next door to his room so that they could hold hands until the end. She passed away just nine days later.

Though the couple were hospitalized for separate issues, the hospital was moved to compassion by their situation, and moved Virginia first to the room next to her husband and then into his room in the palliative care unit. Their daughter Karen Kreager told the VUMC Voice that they “both lit up” when they were reunited, and that to the family, the most important thing of all was that they were together.

“He was awake when she came in,” Kreager said, speaking of her dad. “His eyes were open. He wasn’t communicating a lot — just in small whispers. But he knew that she was there and that she was going to be right beside him. They [didn’t stop] holding hands the whole time.”

Before her passing, Virginia was able to tell the VUMC Voice how much it meant to her that the hospital had reunited the couple. “You know, it helped me a lot,” Virginia she said. “It just gave me peace that I wouldn’t have to worry about him. He was going to be with me.”

Tommy, who had Alzheimer’s, was hospitalized for pneumonia and sepsis and was moved to palliative care when treatment options were exhausted. The same day he was hospitalized, Virginia suffered a fall which resulted in six broken ribs, a spinal injury and a hip fracture. After seeing her husband peacefully off to heaven one day before their 69th wedding anniversary, she followed and was reunited with him on September 17th, just nine days later.

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapsonhttp://www.foreverymom.com
Jenny Rapson is a wife and mom of three from Ohio and the editor of For Every Mom. You can also find her alternately griping and gushing about her kids at her own blog, Mommin' It Up. You can email her at jrapson@outreach.com, or follow her on Twitter.

Pennsylvania Parents Drown After Getting Caught in Rip Current While Vacationing with Their Six Children

A Pennsylvania couple's family vacation in Hutchinson Island, Florida, turned into a heartbreaking tragedy when the parents drowned after being caught in a rip current.

Stanford University Dean Says “Over Parenting” Is Ruining Your Kids

It's an epidemic that's influencing an entire generation of children.

Lilly King Gets Engaged Poolside After Qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris

American swimmer Lilly King celebrated not just one, but two monumental achievements poolside Thursday night. After qualifying for the 2024 Summer Olympics, King was surprised with a romantic proposal from her boyfriend, James Wells.