A couple from Woodway, Texas, who have been married for 74 years have died hours apart on Oct. 27.
This was revealed by family members who say they are blessed neither one of them will have to live alone.
The couple’s 72-year-old son, retired Waco lawyer David Cherry said: “It’s kind of hard you know, you can't pick up the phone and call them anymore, or call mother and can't go by and see Dad. But they are with Jesus now.”
According to KWTX, the old man, Leonard Cherry, 95, had been placed in hospice just a few days before at the St. Catherine Center in Waco while his wife Hazel, 93, who was in good health, had moved into The Village at Providence Park, an assisted independent living facility next door.
“Mother had been driving around town and still going to the grocery store as recently as two weeks ago, but Dad's health had been failing for some years,” David Cherry said.
Leonard Cherry died shortly before 1 p.m. on Oct. 27. Hazel Cherry died 10 hours later, at around 11 p.m.
“The more I began to think about it, I began to smile because of how much they loved each other. There’s no question in my mind my grandmother was waiting for him in heaven with open arms,” David Cherry said.
"I feel blessed that Daddy's suffering is over and I feel blessed that Mom is with him and that she didn't have to live alone."
The Cherry’s only grandson, Waco lawyer Craig Cherry, says theirs was the quintessential love story. “The two were always smiling and always deeply in love," he said.
A memorial service is scheduled on Friday.