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This Real Life 'Notebook' Story Will Break Your Heart

Allie and Noah, eat your heart out.

Lillian and William Wilson had been married 73 years when they died on 7th April, within minutes of each other.

Lillian met William when they were just teenagers and the pair became high school sweethearts, marrying in 1941 in Kentucky. "They ran off, decided to get married, and I don't think either one of them had the blessings of their parents," their son Doug told

But then "the war broke out and he enlisted," explains Doug. With Lillian pregnant, William was sent overseas to Germany, leaving his wife behind.

Luckily, he returned safe and eventually the family settled in Harlan County, Kentucky, where Bill found work at a local store. Doug says that his father would also buy houses at foreclosure sales and do them up in his spare time, while Lillian would help with painting and wallpapering.

But as they grew older, both Lillian and William developed Alzheimer's disease and while Bill was cared for at a local veteran's centre, his wife was housed in a different nursing home. Doug regularly took his mother to see his dad.

"On Tuesday morning at 3.52am, I got a call from Thomson-Hood Veterans Centre to say my father had passed. I expected that, I knew it was coming.

"But then five minutes later, at 3.57am, I got a call from Richmond Place saying, 'I'm sorry to tell you, your mother has passed.'"

When he called Thomson-Hood and said what had happened, "the nurse said, 'Oh, my God, that's like The Notebookthey went together.'"

Doug added that among his father's possessions at his nursing home was a photo collage of him and his wife. "It says on it, 'Lill & Bill together forever'. It came true." 


Er, we're not crying. There's just something in our eyes...


This article originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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