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Couple die hours apart after 62 years of marriage

In a "true love story" worthy of Hollywood, two grandparents died just four hours apart in the same room after more than six decades of marriage.

Don and Maxine Simpson were married in 1952.

Don and Maxine Simpson met in a bowling alley in Bakersfield, California and were married a few years later in 1952.

In their near-62 years of marriage, the pair did everything together - travelling the world, involving themselves in the YMCA, Rotary and Boy's and Girl's Club, and adopting two boys from a German orphanage along the way.

Sadly, more recently, Maxine's health had begun to decline rapidly as she battled with cancer.

Pictures of the pair were placed in the family home on Don's return.

Then, last month, Don fell at his home, breaking his hip. He was taken to hospital but his family could also see him quickly slipping away.

That was when their granddaughters stepped in: Melissa Sloan and her sister could see that the end was near for both of their grandparents and made the decision to get them back together at the family home.

"We kept them together, and had their beds side-by-side," Melissa said. "Gram woke up and saw him, and held hands and they knew that they were next to each other."

Before long, Maxine's monitor stopped - she had passed away.

Maxine and Don were 87 and 90 when they died.

Melissa carried her grandmother out of the room and remarkably, as if he had been holding on for her, Don himself stopped breathing.

"As soon as her body left the room, he left with her," Melissa said tearfully.

"It's amazing, it really is amazing. It's a true love story."