‘Til death do us part. This promise made almost six decades ago was fulfilled by a couple who died holding each other’s hands.
Donald and Margaret Livengood lived a happy and loving marriage for 59 years. They got married in 1957, on Margaret’s birthday. Since then, they lived inseparably.
They were blessed with three children Patricia, David James and Wayne. The Livengood household grew to include grandchildren and great grandchildren, who all witnessed the unique and inspiring love story of their parents.
Touching Love Story
Patricia, the eldest child and caregiver, related how their parents held hands throughout their hospitalization.
Dr. Randy Schisler, a palliative care physician who attended and treated the couple at Carolinas Healthcare System, said that Donald’s condition worsened when he was moved away from his wife. He seemed constantly worrying about his wife’s condition.
It was heartbreaking for the hospital staff to see such love suffering. They made arrangements to keep the elderly couple together so they can see each other and hold hands.
“Once they were in the room together, all that anxiety in Mr. Livengood just disappeared and you could see the person that he was, and he was a very special and spiritual man. He relaxed once he was able to have her right there, and could feel like he was still involved in helping take care of her during what ended up being her last days”, Schisler noted.
On August 15, Margaret died at 8 a.m. At 5 p.m. on the same date, Donald died. They fulfilled a lifetime of love.
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