For obvious reasons, we get all weak at the knees at the mention of real-life love stories. They could involve Kit Harington, or regular people who aren’t Kit Harington, or even a black bear and stray cat—it doesn’t matter, we have undeniably strong feelings.
The latest relationship to tug at our heartstrings has been the tear-jerking one between George and Ora Lee Rodriguez, a couple from Texas who died hours apart from each other after 58 years of marriage. And they died holding hands.
According to KTLA, George and Ora Lee met in San Antonio where George was working as a butcher at Tony’s Meat Market. They got married soon after George completed military service, and continued to live and raise their kids in San Antonio.
In the last few years both were diagnosed with Dementia, which happened to progress a bit faster for George. He suffered a stroke, and his health declined from there. Less than a week after the couple’s 58th wedding anniversary, George died in his sleep. Just three hours later, Ora Lee followed.
Their daughter Corina paints a sweet picture of the couple’s last moments. “We had them at the house, in their hospital beds, right beside each other. They were holding hands.” As well as being surrounded by their children, George and Ora Lee’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present.
Recognizing the movie-like nature of their passing, Corina added, “I just can’t believe something like this would ever happen. You hear this on the movies … like ‘The Notebook.” She’s not wrong there.
But George and Ora Lee’s story is not out of a movie, it’s just beautiful, real-life love.
You can watch the news report here. Warning: it might make you cry (if you aren’t already).