After 58th wedding anniversary, lovers die within hours of each other

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 17:18:08-04
George and Ora Lee Rodriguez

George and Ora Lee Rodriguez, via CNN

celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on June 1. A little more than a month later, the couple passed away just hours apart, surrounded by family in their San Antonio home, holding each other’s hands.

A daughter, Corina Martinez, told CNN affiliate WOAI she “can’t believe something like this would ever happen.”

Her parents’ love story was like something out of a romance movie, she explains, such as ‘The Notebook.” In the film, the main characters, Noah and Allie, were reunited after years apart and died together holding hands.

Martinez says George and Ora Lee first met in a San Antonio meat market where George was working as a butcher. After serving as a Marine, George married Ora Lee and they moved to the city’s West Side. Together, the couple raised three daughters.

Their love held strong

Eventually, George and Ora Lee both developed dementia, and George suffered a stroke. Through it all, their love held strong.

On Tuesday, George passed away. Several hours later, Ora Lee passed as well.

George and Ora Lee Rodriguez

George and Ora Lee Rodriguez, via CNN

“We had them here at the house, in their hospital beds, right beside each other,” Martinez said. “They were holding hands.”

The moment was bittersweet, sparking many fond family memories.

There are photos of the couple on their wedding day, and there are treasured mementos from their almost six decades of marriage like a hat and a pair of boots that George loved.

The couple’s death was a reflection of their life together, side by side, hand in hand.