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US couple together for nearly 65 years die on the same day

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 9:54 AM
In this May 2006 photo provided by Sue Wagener shows Jack and Harriet Morrison at their 50th wedding anniversary party. (Photo Courtesy Sue Wagener via AP)

ARNOLD, Mo. (AP) — A couple who had been together for nearly 65 years have died on the same day at a St Louis-area nursing home.

Jack and Harriet Morrison’s beds were placed next to each other in their final hours, allowing them to hold hands, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Eighty-six-year-old Jack died first.

Harriett, who was 83, died later on January 11.

“I’m sad. But I know they’re at peace and they’re back together,” said Sue Wagener, a niece raised by the Morrisons. “It truly was a love story for the books.”

The couple went on their first date on Halloween of 1955.

“They went to a little diner and never separated from that day on,” Wagener said.

They married about six months later.

They met as Harriett accompanied her father on a trip with the drum and bugle corp he played in.

0Jack was behind the wheel of a charter bus that drove the group to some of its concerts.

Together, the couple ran and grew V-K Bus Lines while raising Wagener and their two sons.

Wagener said she told Jack on Christmas Eve that Harriet had stopped eating and drinking. He barely ate or drank after that.

About 11:00 p.m. on January 10, she got a call from a nurse saying Harriet appeared close to death. The nurse asked if staff could move furniture out of Jack’s room so the couple could be together.

Wagener said there was nothing she’d love more.

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