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Couple married for 58 years die 3 hours apart

SAN ANTONIO (KABB/CNN) - George and Ora Lee Rodriguez died the way they lived - together.

The couple celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary June 1, and this week they died just three hours apart.

"I just can't believe something like this would ever happen," Corina Martinez, one of the couple's three daughters said. "You hear this on the movies, like The Notebook."

In the film, an elderly couple battling dementia die in their sleep on the same night. The Rodriguez's followed that script nearly perfectly.

The couple first met in San Antonio and got married after George Rodriguez served in the Marine Corps. Both later developed dementia.

George Rodriguez suffered a stroke a few months ago and died in his sleep. Three hours later, Ora Lee Rodriguez died next to him.

"They were both here," Martinez said. "We had them at the house, in their hospital beds, right beside each other. They were holding hands."

Family members were there with them, including their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Georgia Perez, another of the couple's daughters said Ora Lee Rodriguez had predicted they would die together.

"My mother would always say that she was going to take my father or vice versa, and it did happen," Perez said. "We didn't think it would, but it did."

George Rodriguez was known for "his butt-kicking boots" and his hat, which he wouldn't take off until going to bed.

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