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...
via: ShutterstockA married couple will love each other, in both sickness and in health.
However, not all marriages stick strictly to their vows.
via: ShutterstockIt 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.
via: GettyAnd finding that one special person to spend the rest of your life with is so unique.
The statistics aren't great...
via: ShutterstockFigures 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...
via: ShutterstockAnd remain faithful to one another, despite what life throws in their path.
One married couple has recently gone viral for this exact reason...
via: GettyBut it is amid the most heartbreaking of circumstances.
Raymond and Kathleen Atkins had recently celebrated their wedding anniversary.
via: hammermcmillanDespite 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...
via: hammermcmillan...and had recently been in the hospital for treatment.
But he vowed to make it home.
via: hammermcmillanTo celebrate their special day on 22 July.
He wanted to spend that time with Kathleen for the last time.
via: hammermcmillanTheir 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.
via: hammermcmillanAllowing 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.
via: hammermcmillanLes' sister discovered their father had passed away in the early hours of the morning.
Kathleen was overcome with grief.
via: hammermcmillanAfter losing the person she spent her entire life with.
Les said: "She told my sister that she could not imagine life without him."
via: hammermcmillanAfter 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."
via: hammermcmillanAnd 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.
via: hammermcmillan"It's a fairy tale in every sense of the word."
They leave behind 4 children, 6 grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren.
via: hammermcmillanLes said he found some life advice written down by his dad after looking through their belongings.
And it sums them up perfectly...
via: hammermcmillanLes 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.
via: hammermcmillanTheir family said they'd always done everything together - including death.