If you recited traditional wedding vows at your wedding, then you probably recited the lasting words “Till death do us part.” While many people take these words lightly, others live by them throughout their life and refuse to part with the person they’ve committed their life to. Leaning on this vow can help couples get though the tough times. Remembering that you’re with your husband or wife for life can provide perspective on the tough times. But for Floyd Hatwig and his loyal wife, Violet, they had already gotten through all the turbulence of life. Now Floyd was on his deathbed and his beloved wife was by his side.
After Floyd and Violet met in grammar school, they knew they were meant to be together. But after they graduated high school, Floyd enlisted in the Navy to serve America. But when he came back home on leave, he reconnected with Violet and the two refused to separate ever again.
They married on August 16, 1947 and moved to a ranch in Easton, California. They spent their lives working the land together and raising three independent children.
“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.”
As the couple aged, Floyd and Violet began to experience the pangs of old age. Their health declined. Violet started to suffer from dementia and she started deteriorating.
Although Floyd was dying as well, he ignored his suffering and focused on making Violet as comfortable as possible. Floyd could hardly stand or walk a few feet without losing his breath. But he sacrificed himself to help make Violet’s life a bit better.
While Floyd sacrificed himself for his wife, he was diagnosed with kidney failure. The doctor gave him two weeks to live.
Floyd was rushed to the hospital and his family brought Violet. They wanted to spend their final days together.
When Floyd was near the end, his whole family including three children, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren surrounded Violet and Floyd and felt their magnetic love.
Floyd was suffering. So, Violet reached over for his hand. And with their hands entwined, he died at the age of 90.
Five hours later, Violet followed her husband to heaven at the age of 89.
Their family was heartbroken, but happy in a way that they were able to arrive in Heaven at the same time.
“We felt blessed because that’s what they wanted,” Donna said, crying. “It was meant to be, and that’s the only way it could end.”
Floyd and Violet were married for 67 years. They lived their wedding vows to the fullest.
“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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