Dolores and Trent Winstead passed away just days before Christmas

By Alexia Fernández
Updated December 27, 2016 09:53 AM

After 63 years of living side-by-side, a Tennessee couple died just hours apart days before Christmas.

Dolores and Trent Winstead met in the 1950s in Dickson County, Tennessee. They were married not long after meeting — after Trent proposed to Dolores in a bathroom.

“In order to not get a no, I guess, he waits until she’s brushing her teeth to ask her to marry him,” son Eddie Winstead told WKRN, a local news station.

The two were polar opposites, but that’s what made their relationship last, their daughter, Sheryl Winstead, said.

“I think that’s what made them click,” she continued.

When Trent was sent overseas to serve in Korea, he would write continuously to Dolores, stating he was “awful glad to hear from her.”

The couple spent their later years together in West Nashville, Tennessee, until recently when Trent was taken to the hospital with failing kidneys.

Dolores stood by his side as much as possible, until she also fell ill.

“She starts having a really bad headache … she was having a brain aneurysm,” Eddie said. “Both of them ended up in the same hospital room. From that point, she lasted about two days.”

Dolores passed away just weeks before their 64th wedding anniversary. After her death, son Eddie realized he had to be the one to tell his father.

“I had to lean next to him, and just kind of tell him, ‘Mom has passed,'” he said. “When that happened, it was kind of like his whole spirit just changed.”

“I told him …’Dad, if you want to go be with mom, that’s quite alright with Sheryl and I,'” Eddie continued.

Trent passed away hours later. The two were buried together.

“It’s like God made their travel arrangements and they went together,” Sheryl said. “It’s just really sweet.”