Not everyone can say that have had love that lasted a lifetime, but Isabelle Whitney and Preble Staver absolutely had that kind of love. The two met before World War II and were together until the very end.
Preble served in the Marines and his wife joined him as a nurse in the Navy. They were married in 1946 and raised five children together. They really knew what it meant to stay by each other’s side for better or worse.
They were married more than 70 years and Laurie Staver Clinton, one of the couple’s children explained that her dad was a bit of a prickly pear, but her mom taught her that you can’t always change a person, but you can change your attitude towards them.
Eventually Isabell started suffering from dementia, and although the couple started out in a care facility together, Isabell eventually had to stay in a separate room.
Even though Isabell forgot many people, she never forgot Preble. Some people would have to remind her who they were, but when she spotted Preble, she always got a little smile on her face.
When Preble turned 93 years old, he only had one request. For his birthday he wanted to spend time with his wife. The staff worked to make that happen, and the two spent three hours together resting and napping. The two didn’t need to speak to feel each other’s comfort. They simply held hands together and slept.
On October 25, Laurie received the phone call that her mother had passed. She rushed to the hospital with Preble. He held his wife’s hand and was very gentle with her.
Laurie asked her father if he wanted to stay with her after the prayers were said, but he shook his head no. “I was crying and he was crying,” said Laurie. “Okay, but you know that means you’re going to have to let go of her hand?” she asked her father.
Just a few hours after his wife’s passing Preble also passed away. It seems like these lovebirds were destined not only to live together forever, but to die together too.
The video below is of a 92-year-old man who sings to his wife. These two couples are a reminder of what true love really is. Be sure to share these amazing stories with your family and friends. What an inspiration they are!