If you have attended a wedding before you will know the saying : “Till death do you part.” The words basically mean that you will love the person you are marrying forever and you are in it for the long haul. Sometimes however these vows are often broken as people are just not able to keep true to their word.
This was the case with Floyd and Violet Hartwig.
They both met when they were in public grammar school. Once he graduated from high school Floyd decided to join the Navy. Soon after he met with Violet again and as they would say ” The rest is history “.
They wedded on August 16, 1947, moved to a farm in Easton, California, and spent their lives working next to each other and bringing up three superb youngsters together.
“I think the thing that we think about them the most was how hardworking they were,” recalled the couple’s daughter, Donna Scharton. “They worked side by side chopping cotton, feeding turkeys, and supporting each other and supporting the children. And you had a sense that they had a connection, and I think that connection just came more and more, especially in the last months of their lives.”
But time marches on, and as Floyd and Violet got older their health began to decline. Violet suffered from dementia, and her health kept getting worse and worse.
Even though Floyd had health problems of his own, his concern was always for his wife. Donna recalls that Floyd was barely able to stand up and walk more than a few feet without running out of breath, but the only thing that mattered was his wife’s health and comfort.
Donna remembers taking them to the doctor one day and Floyd saying, “I’m okay. I want her fixed.”
As Violet’s health continued to decline, the family began to discuss getting her hospice care. Then they got a call from the doctor that left them stunned.
Floyd had kidney failure. The doctor only gave him two weeks to live.
Since he had to go to the hospital, the family brought Violet there so the pair could spend their final days together.
When they knew Floyd’s time was drawing near, the whole family – three children, four grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren – surrounded the couple.
It was clear Floyd was in intense pain and didn’t have much time left, so the family pushed the couple’s hospital beds close and put their hands together.
Donna says her father fought until the very end because he didn’t want to leave his bride, but eventually his body gave out and he passed away at the age of 90.
Just five hours later, Violet followed her husband. She was 89.
As heartbroken as the family was to lose Floyd and Violet within just hours of each other, they know this is what the couple wanted. They had always told their children that it was their desire to die at home and together.
“We felt blessed because that’s what they wanted,” Donna said through tears. “It was meant to be, and that’s the only way it could end.”
After 67 years of marriage, Floyd and Violet got the sad but beautiful ending they had always wanted.
“They never ever asked for anything,” Donna said. “All they ever wanted was their family, and it was amazing that they got that in the end.”
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