Closings and delays

Husband, wife married for 55 years die hours apart while holding hands

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CALDWELL, Idaho — An Idaho couple, married for 55 years, died holding hands last Thursday, just hours apart.

The children of Ana Maria and Domingo Chavez said their love was like no other, according to KTVB.

They met in 1958 at a Blue Moon Dance in Pharr, Texas.

“My grandpa, he liked to dance,” Krystal Chavez told KTVB.

It was love at first sight.

During their long love story, the two traveled, raised eight children and even worked together at the same Idaho farm. And, family members say they never stopped dancing.

In 2006, Ana Maria was diagnosed with dementia and Domingo’s diagnosis came shortly after.

The couple’s oldest son, Freddie took them in and cared for them in his home.

When their health began to deteriorate, their family pushed their beds together and propped their hands up on a small, heart-shaped pillow.

Ana Maria passed away first, still holding onto her love’s hand. Then, just hours later, Domingo died as well.

Family members told KTVB that his wife had called him home.

“They don’t suffer anymore and I know they’re in heaven right now looking down on us just dancing away in the streets of gold,” Freddie told KTVB.

The couple is survived by their eight children, 30 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.