Till death do us part was a mere stepping stone for one couple who refused to leave this world without one another.

 

As the wedding vows go...

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A married couple will love each other, in both sickness and in health.

However, not all marriages stick strictly to their vows.

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It is quite unusual in today's day and age for a married couple to stay together longer than a decade.

Which is why true love stories are so special.

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And finding that one special person to spend the rest of your life with is so unique.

The statistics aren't great...

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Figures show that the average U.S. marriage only lasts around 7 years... Which doesn't really give a couple much time to fully commit to their wedding vows.

However, some couples are in it for the long run...

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And remain faithful to one another, despite what life throws in their path.

One married couple has recently gone viral for this exact reason...

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But it is amid the most heartbreaking of circumstances.

Raymond and Kathleen Atkins had recently celebrated their wedding anniversary.

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Despite Raymond suffering from a prolonged illness, he was determined to be there for his wife.

Over the past two years, Raymond had been battling lung cancer...

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...and had recently been in the hospital for treatment.

But he vowed to make it home.

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To celebrate their special day on 22 July.

He wanted to spend that time with Kathleen for the last time.

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Their son, Les Atkins said: "He called me and said, 'I prayed to God all night and all day that I can leave this hospital, and I will be out of here in the morning.' This was the day before their anniversary."

Fortunately, Raymond did make it home.

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Allowing him to celebrate with Kathleen and their family.

Sadly, just a few days after their party, the 90-year-old's health took a turn for the worst.

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Les' sister discovered their father had passed away in the early hours of the morning.

Kathleen was overcome with grief.

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After losing the person she spent her entire life with.

Les said: "She told my sister that she could not imagine life without him."

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After recalling the tragic moment, Les said: "Then, within a matter of minutes, my sister called back and said my mom had crawled in the bed with him and was overcome with grief."

The eighty-two-year-old then said: "I'm not gonna let him go alone."

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And at just twenty minutes apart they reunited once again.

He said: "They did not want to go alone. They had endured this life together. They had this strong faith, and they just refused to be apart.

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"It's a fairy tale in every sense of the word."

They leave behind 4 children, 6 grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren.

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Les said he found some life advice written down by his dad after looking through their belongings.

And it sums them up perfectly...

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Les quoted his dad's advice, saying: "'Do the best that you can do.' I think that's all they did for 70 years. They did the best they could do."

After an incredible seventy years of marriage, the couple remained side-by-side.

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Their family said they'd always done everything together - including death.

Read their sons heartbreaking tribute below...

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