A few months after suffering a stroke, George Rodriquez died July 5 with his high school sweetheart and wife of 58 years grasping his hand. Three hours later, Ora Lee Rodriquez was dead, too. It's like something out of The Notebook, daughter Corina Martinez tells Fox 29. "I just can't believe something like this would ever happen," she says. They were "in their hospital beds, right beside each other. They were holding hands."
The pair—who met while George was working at a San Antonio butcher shop—married on June 1, 1958, and raised three daughters. And though both suffered from dementia in later life, they never left the family home, where they both died. Georgia Perez says her mom even predicted that the couple would die together. It was their way with everything. "It did happen," she says. "We didn't think it would, but it did." (This couple also died holding hands.)