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A couple that has been married for 56 years died hours apart holding hands


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — A couple that met each other when they were 14 years old died moments apart from each other while holding hands in a last gesture of love.

Will and Judy Webb of Melvindale, Michigan, were married for 56 years, saying their "I dos" on Feb. 16, 1963. Webb's daughters told Fox 2 Detroit that they were always together until death.

"At 14, they met and were friends, they dated other people, they were engaged to other people," daughter Marybeth Webb told Fox 2 Detroit. "And then they were both single when he went to Army. So she was like, ‘I didn't have anyone to write, so I started writing your dad.'"

Will served in the Korean War.

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The couple enjoyed each other's company for many years until Judy suffered complications from a surgery a few months ago. Judy coded in the hospital, and Will witnessed the health emergency and had a difficult time dealing with it. Later on in the night back at home, Will collapsed and was separated from his wife after being transferred to a separate hospital. The separation didn't stop their unique bond.

"She would get a fever from her infection; he would get a fever. Couldn't figure out where his was coming from because there was no source," Webb said to Fox 2 Detroit. "She ended up with encephalopathy as a complication from the antibiotic she was on; he ended up with encephalopathy."

Eventually, the couple ended up in hospice care together March 2. Will died first before Judy died hours later. During their last breaths, their beds were placed together so they could be next to each other one last time.


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