After 63 Years of Marriage, Husband and Wife Die on the Same Day

July 17, 2014 - 10:35 AM

1951 was a magical year for Bob and Barbara Pettis - that was the year they said "I do" forever and "till death do us part."  By the end of their lives, they were both Holdenville, Oklahoma school teachers, living and working in the community they loved.

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Bob and Barbara Pettis share cake on their wedding day, Sept. 1, 1951.

Fast forwarded 63 years from their wedding day: Barbara (82 years old) is in a nursing home battling continued health problems and Bob (85 years old) is in the hospital with pneumonia. On June 30, 2014, Barbara lost her years-long battle in the morning. At 8:00 p.m. that same night, Bob joined his wife.  The couple's son, Clay Pettis, says he's not surprised Bob and Barbara both died on the same day:

"I don't believe in coincidences, and I didn't sit down and tell Dad that Mama was gone. But I'm sure he knew.  They [Bob and Barbara] weren't all 'smoochy-woochy, touchy-wouchy,' but in their voices, and the way they looked at each other, you could see their love. Just in the little things."