The sanctity of marriage-til death do us part;it's not just a verse but a commitment to love&God #DOMA #tcot #prolife
This couple's story is one of the greatest love stories I have seen and heard in my lifetime since the story of Romeo&Juliet. They lived a long and happy life together,raised a family and sadly, died together holding hands while in ICU after a recent car accident. Their story also reminds me why the sanctity of marriage must be protected.
The Yeagers' children told KCCI.com that their parents never liked being apart ever since Norma Stock married Gordon Yeager on May 26, 1939, in State Center. And they were relieved that the couple was able to spend their last moments together at the intensive care unit of the Marshalltown hospital.
"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," Dennis Yeager told KCCI.com.
Gordon died at 3:38 p.m. surrounded by their family and holding hands with Norma.
"It was really strange, they were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn't figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going," said Dennis Yeager. "But we were like, he isn't breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that's because they were holding hands and it's going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up."
Norma died at 4:48 p.m., according to KCCI.com.
"Neither one of them would've wanted to be without each other. I couldn't figure out how it was going to work," the Yeagers' daughter Donna Sheets told KCCI.com. "We were very blessed, honestly, that they went this way."
Family said the story of Gordon, 94, and Norma Yeager, 90, is a real-life love story.
"They're very old-fashioned. They believed in marriage til death do you part," said son Dennis Yeager.Video at the link...
Dennis Yeager was the youngest of four children born to the couple. His sister Donna was first born.
"Staying together for 72 years is good, I'd say that's exceptional," said daughter Donna Sheets.
The way the kids tell it, dad was the life of the party while mom kept everything together.
"Anybody come over -- she was the hostess with the mostest. She just seriously -- the more she did -- the more she smiled," said Dennis Yeager. "Dad would be the center of attention, like, 'Weee look at me,' and mom was like 'get him away from me!' You know we even got a picture like that." (picture, right)
Norma didn't really want the distance, and family said she hardly left Gordon's side for 72 years.
Anyone who thinks marriage is just a piece of paper or a verse which proclaims 'til death do us part' is mistaken. True love, everlasting love, is a commitment to unconditional love and a life of giving, forgiving and living together with an unconditional commitment to your spouse,and your children and God. When I hear people wanting to turn marriage into a social issue they are entitled to I have to disagree. Marriage is not a social issue anyone is entitled the right to have,but a commitment and sacrifice to each other under God that you will love and abide by the other person, respect them and care for them through the good,the bad and the ugly under God's wishes.
Marriage is a sacrament;a civil union is not&therefore should not be called marriage. Marriage is a bond you make between your spouse&God;a civil union is not between God but between the couple&the court,which often ends up in divorce much sooner. There is not a true bond&commitment unless you marry through the blessings of God and the Church. This is why marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman. Only men and woman are recognized as married couples under the law&under God otherwise the sanctity of marriage becomes open to polygamy,incestual marriage and other abominations that do not allow for the blessings of God&humanity.
Marriage is not a commitment to take lightly,despite this, too many believe they can easily get a divorce if things don't work out. Nobody should go into marriage thinking that they can always get out of it, but should go into it planning how to make it last. [Of course I draw the line on infidelity and abuse]. But anyone who goes into marriage thinking, "oh we'll see how it goes and let's give it a try for a couple years" or "let's live together first and then later we can get married" is missing the main point of what marriage is about. Not to mention,those who cohabitate often end up separating and never getting married, and/or not having children and lack any commitment to one another,thus the reason their relationships often fail.
Marriage is a lifetime commitment and sacrament to not only each other, but our Creator. It is a promise to stick together and do all you can to show compassion and love for another human being while welcoming children into your life. The bond that keeps you together is the bond that makes the sanctity of marriage one worth fighting for. Nobody should abuse their spouse and their vows to marriage. Finally,in defense of marriage between a man and a woman, we must protect this covenant to protect the nuclear family and the continuation of a moral&stable society.
This couple from Iowa is the perfect example of what true love,marriage and commitment really is about. Their love and commitment is evident in the pictures and the stories told by their children, and by the grace of God they were able to live a long happy life&legacy behind and leave this world while holding one another's hands.
Read their story here:
Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands - Des Moines News Story - KCCI Des Moines
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