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Husband and wife together for nearly 65 years die on same day after holding hands in hours before

A MISSOURI couple who were said to have "never separated" during their nearly 65 years together have died on the same day.

Jack and Harriet Morrison held hands and died with hours of each other on Saturday, January 11, at a nursing home in Arnold, Missouri.

Sue Wagener, a niece raised by the couple, told the St Louis Dispatch: "I'm sad. But I know they're at peace and they're back together.

"It truly was a love story for the books."

According Wagener, the Morrisons had their first date at a diner on Halloween in 1955 and "never separated from that day on."

Jack and Harriet had met on a bus that Jack was driving for his father's company, Wagener said.

After they married in May of 1956, the couple ran V-K Bus Lines and raised Wagener along with their two sons.

The couple were buried next to each other and their son, John J Morrison III, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2007.

INSEPARABLE

Each morning, Wagener told the Dispatch, Jack would wake up before Harriet to make sure she had coffee in her hand first thing in the morning.

The Morrisons were also active Moolahn Shriners and traveled to the likes of Europe and Australia on Shrine-Related trips.

Fellow Shriner Wayne Price said: "You didn't see Jack unless you saw Harriet."

About a year ago, Harriet fell while walking their dog, breaking her pelvis and hip, Wagener said.

She also had dementia and was later moved into The Wooldands of Arnold, a nursing home and rehab center.

In September, Jack also fell and broke his neck, so he, too, was also moved into the home, four doors down from his wife.

In their final months, the couple would still hold hands and nap together inside the home.

Wagener said that on Christmas Eve she told Jack that Harriet had stopped eating and drinking.

After that, Jack barely ate or drank, and when he got the news on January 10 that Harriet was close to death, staff moved furniture so the couple could be together.

Jack and Harriet are survived by their other son, James Morrison, and their grandchildren.

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