Couple, Married 72 Years, Dies While Holding Hands
You never know , as you go about your days, whether or not your life will touch another, simply in the way you live it. Or even when you finally have to let go of it.
Gordon and Norma Yeager were married on May 26, 1939 in State Center, Iowa. The couple knew they were in love for some time, and wasted no time in beginning a life together. Norma had agreed to Gordon’s marriage proposal on the day she graduated from high school.
During the next 72 years, they built a home together for their four children. While Gordon, 94, known as “the life of the party,” greeted all comers, Norma, 90, “was the hostess with the mostest,” holding things together for the family, according to son Dennis. Through all the years, everyone who came to know them, knew they rarely if ever left each other’s side. “They just loved being together,” said Dennis.
As the years passed, one final hurdle lay ahead, one that threatened to separate them permanently. When questioned about death, Gordon was quoted as replying, “I have to stick around. I can’t go until she does, because I have to stay for her, and she would say the same thing.”
Last Wednesday, the couple left their home and drove into town. Just outside of Marshalltown, according to state troopers, Gordon inadvertently pulled in front of oncoming traffic.
Something about the couple must have struck the paramedics who rushed to the scene, because by the time Gordon and Norma Yeager reached the hospital in Marshalltown, the emergency ward already knew to not separate the badly injured, non-responsive couple, who were holding hands upon arrival.
At 3:38 in the afternoon, Gordon could hold on no longer, and passed away, still holding hands with Norma. At 4:48 p.m., Norma died as well.Continued on the next page