During that time, Earle shared he was ready to die, but he had one concern — leaving Lou Nell alone.
“He said, ‘I don’t know how she’ll manage, and I don’t want to leave her. I don’t know what to do.’”
So Leeder suggested praying to God would allow Earle to pass away at the same time as his wife.
“He said, ‘Pastor, how perfect that would be.’”
The next day — Valentine’s Day — the couple’s only daughter, Julie, decided to spend the evening with her parents.
“Their final night was truly a love story,” she said.
Earle said Thursday night he’d like a strawberry milkshake to share with Lou Nell, so Julie went and picked one up. Throughout the evening, they simply talked, watched TV and finally went to bed.
On Friday morning, Julie walked into the bedroom to wake up her parents. But when she entered the bedroom, Julie said she had to stand in the doorway in amazement. Lou Nell was lying in the bed on her left side, and Earle on his right.
“Their heads where touching, almost as if they were in the shape of a heart,” she said “They looked so content.”
Julie woke up Earle, who got up and dressed, but Lou Nell wouldn’t wake up. She was in some kind of comatose state.
Earle was dressed by that time, but said he didn’t feel well and sat down in a chair. Moments later, he died.
Julie, who works as a nurse, walked back into the bedroom and saw her mother take her last breath.
The couple passed away within just minutes, just as Earle had prayed.
“I can just hear my dad saying, ‘Honey, hurry up, Jesus is waiting for us,’” Julie said. “My mom wouldn’t have lived long without my dad, and God knew that. Dad didn’t want to leave my mom, and God knew that as well.”