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Couple Dies Hours Apart After 61 Years Of Marriage

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 01/12/12 06:47 PM ET Updated: 01/12/12 06:49 PM ET

After spending 61 years together, a Pennsylvania couple died within just hours of each other, the Evening Sun reported.

Nancy Trimmer passed away in her sleep at 12:25 a.m. on Sunday, while husband Richard Trimmer died just 12 hours later, after learning of her death.

The couple's children broke the news to their 81-year-old father, who was in the hospital at the time recovering from a fall. He had also spent years fighting kidney failure, lung cancer and heart problems, the York Dispatch noted.

According to the Associated Press, Trimmer repeatedly uttered the phrases, "Pull me up" and "Hold me tighter now" in the moments leading up to his death.

The high school sweethearts, who had six children and 10 grandchildren, were inseparable.

"She didn't want to be in the house without him," Sue Trimmers, the couple's daughter-in-law, told the Associated Press. "It was all just getting too hard, so God took care of it."

While Richard and Nancy Trimmer's story is remarkable, a similar incident happened just last month when Leroy and Dorothy McLeod, an elderly couple from Florida, died within 36 hours of each other.