These days, some marriages don’t seem to last very long but this couple from Fresno, California, stayed married for 67 years until they died. Floyd Hartwig, 90, and his 89-year-old wife Violet were just simply made for each other. The pair loved each other unconditionally and their story was narrated by their daughter Donna.
Background and the beginning of their love
The pair met in elementary school but during the 1940s, Floyd was home on a leave from Navy when he connected with Violet through the Rainbow Ballroom.
He had to leave again but they made sure to keep in touch with each other by sending letters. They got married on 16 August 1947 after Floyd discharged from the Navy. The couple started building their life together by working hard and sharing responsibilities.
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Their beautiful story is often compared with The Notebook for many reasons. Their family has now a collection of 131 letters, kept from the time when they were away from each other and would write letters. There were times when Floyd wrote to Violet, who he called “Vi”, five times a day.
One of their letters just before marriage mentioned these beautiful words,
“Hi honey, just a few lines from this lonely blue sailor of yours. Miss you darling and so in love with you. … Honey, I’ll sure be glad when I get out of this. It sure isn’t for me, though at one time I thought the Navy was pretty swell. That was before I fell in love with the sweetest girl in the world.”
Soon after their marriage, in December, Floyd wrote,
“Need your arms around me darling, hope it will be soon honey. All my love darling and take care of yourself. Love you, love you, and shall always love only you, honey, as long as I live. Your loving wife, forever.”
They died holding their hands together only hours apart. Violet was suffering health issues like strokes, weight loss and Dementia while Floyd was suffering from Bladder and Colon cancer. Even though he had health issues too, he was mostly concerned about his wife’s condition.
Their daughter mentions, “He would tell the doctor, ‘I’m OK, I want Vi fixed.’ … He had a hard time getting up and down and was using his cane, and he was so short of breath he could just go about 10 feet, but his concern was helping her,”
Just weeks before their death Floyd was informed that he lost his kidneys and has only two weeks to live. Both of them moved to a hospital with beds close to each other and hands joined.
Floyd was the one who passed away first with Violet dying only a few hours later. According to their daughter, they got the perfect ending to their love story.