Couple Who Served In World War II Together Passed Away Within Hours Of Each Other After Being Married For 70 Years

Family & Kids

January 23, 2019 18:02 By Mambee

Whenever you're in doubt about the existence of true love, all you have to do is read stories like these and your faith in love and humanity will be renewed. 

Isabell Whitney and Preble Staver fell in love when they were young. However, before they could make their relationship official, they did something super brave and selfless. 

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The sweethearts, who met on a blind date, put their happily-ever-after on hold to serve in World War II. Isabell served as a nurse in the Navy while Preble was a Marine. They gave what they had to their country until the war ended, five months later. 

The couple reunited and got married on February 15, 1946, and they remained married for more than 70 years.

Their marriage was not without its challenges, though. In 1975, Isabell and Preble lost their son, Peter. He died while playing football during his senior year in high school.

Peter's death took a toll on the couple but, according to 62-year-old Laurie Staver Clinton, one of the couple's five children, instead of letting it tear them apart, they stayed strong together.

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She told People:

They really were each other’s support team.

Years passed and the couple only continued to get stronger. They enjoyed each other's company, Laurie said, they had a good time together. 

In 2013, Isabell began showing signs of dementia and her family admitted her to a long-term care facility. Watching his wife slip away like that was so frustrating for Preble to bear that he asked to be placed in a separate room in the same facility. And they found a way to make it work.

Dad, even after he stopped walking and was in a wheelchair, he would wheel himself down to the Memory Care Unit and go visit mom. When I would reunite them, the first thing they’d do was put their hands out and hold each other’s hand and tell each other they loved each other.

Unfortunately, the time came for Preble to say goodbye to his beloved. Laurie said her father gently held her mother's hand until she died. Apparently, Preble could not bear to be without her because, 14 hours later, he also passed on. 

Isabell and Preble were together until the end. They have become an example to many that being married means honoring that commitment even when life gets tough. We hope these two are somehow still holding hands and smiling together.

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