Texas Couple Hold each Other's Hands as they Die from COVID-19

Curtis and Betty's bodies will be donated to the University of North Texas Health Science Center to be studied

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Curtis and Betty Tarpley passed away on June 18, just 50 minutes apart from one another. The elderly couple took their last breaths together at a Fort Worth hospital, holding hands.

Curtis, 79, and Betty, 80, had been married for over five decades. They shared two children, Tim and Tricia. According to Tim and Tricia, each had underlying health conditions that didn't improve during treatment.

They both knew their parents were prepared to depart in the days leading up to their demises.

"My mother always said she didn't want to live to be 100 and she very much believed this world was temporary, and it was a stop on going off to a better place," said Tricia. "She knew something better was coming and she was fine with that."

The hospital staff moved Curtis and Betty into the same room so they could be together after their wellbeing started to decline.

On June 9, Betty was admitted to Texas Health Morris Methodist Hospital. She was already showing symptoms of the deadly virus. After two days, Curtis followed his wife.

"It's the saddest thing ever," Tim said. "Because you drop your parents off at the curb and their walkers, and they walk themselves into the emergency room and you don't see them again."

His final words to his beloved mom were by means of text, communicated to her through a nurse.

According to Tim, he just said that "she was a great mom, but she's gonna be a better angel."

"Growing up, nobody wants to turn into their parents, right," he added. "Then, as we get older, we get to that age, right? They're our heroes, and you're lucky if you end up being half as good as they are."

Curtis and Betty's bodies will be donated to the University of North Texas Health Science Center to be studied, said Tricia.

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