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Green Country elderly couple dies of COVID-19 minutes apart

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jan 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-10 14:57:56-05

TULSA, Okla — The family of a Green Country couple speaks out after losing their parents less than one hour apart.

Sandy and her brother Greg Conover told 2 News their parents were inseparable.

Harold was born in the small town of Porum and was a proud Air Force veteran. He was later stationed in Madrid, where he met his bride, Josefina. After more than six decades of marriage, two children, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild later, Harold and Josefina remained inseparable.

The end of 2021 brought the family heartache and grief.

In August, Harold and Josefina were both hospitalized with COVID-19.

Josefina was placed into the Intensive Care Unit at Saint Francis, then Harold was admitted a few days later. The medical staff would suit up and go into one of the parents' rooms with a phone so the family could talk to them.

After a few days, the Conovers made a difficult decision. The family requested compassionate care withdrawal for the couple.

The nurses at Saint Francis put Harold and Josefina in the same room so they could spend their last few days side-by-side.

Family members told 2 News, "From the beginning, the middle and the end. I don’t think either one of them could have gone through life without the other. I really don’t. I think the way the end happened, is exactly how they wanted it".

Harold and Josefina passed away at Saint Francis within forty-three minutes of each other.

"I think Harold was standing at the gates saying 'Come on Ina, give it up, it's been forty-three minutes, it's time to come home,'" Michelle Conover said.

Still holding hands after all those decades filled with love for each other, till their last breath. The Conover family said they found peace in knowing neither had to live a day without the other.

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