On the day she graduated from high school, Norma Stark accepted Gordon Yeager’s marriage proposal. Ten hours later, they were married on May 26, 1939, in State Center, Iowa, where they reared their family, were active in the community, and owned several businesses.
On October 12, they were involved in a traffic accident. They were taken to the intensive care unit at the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center in Marshalltown, Iowa. Their son Dennis told KCCI:
They brought them in the same room in intensive care and put them together ~ and they were holding hands in ICU. They were not really responsive.
His sister, Donna Yeager Sheets, told ABC:
They joined hands; his right hand, her left hand.
Mysteriously, Mr. Yeager’s heart beats appeared on the monitor after he stopped breathing at 3:38 PM. How could this be? Ms. Sheets shared:
The nurse said Dad was picking up Mom’s heartbeat through Mom’s hand.
Mrs. Yeager passed away at 4:48 PM. They had been together for 72 years. You can watch KCCI’s moving coverage of this love story at the Huffington Post and on WCPO. The Times-Republican reported in the couple’s obituary:
They are survived by their children: Donna Sheets of State Center and Dennis Yeager of State Center, Norma’s sister Virginia Kell of San Diego, California, and Gordon’s brother Roger (Vivian) Yeager of Marshalltown, fourteen grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and I think we all need to hear sweet stories of couples who treated each other with dignity and respect for 72 years.
May beautiful memories comfort their loved ones, and may they rest in peace.
I wish Barbara Clapsaddle, the woman who was critically injured in the other car involved in the Yeager’s accident, a swift and total recovery.