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An Elderly Couple Killed in a Car Accident in Rural Washington State was Found Holding Hands in the Wreckage, a State Trooper Said. KHQ's Lindsay Nadrich reports.

Their son, Marv Nordhagen, told the station that he thinks his mom probably grabbed his dad’s hand when the accident happened.

Friends said the couple, who cared for several animals, was on their way to buy cat food before the accident.

“You don’t see that every day,” Trooper Rob Spencer told another local station, KREM TV. “We actually had to ask her to let go of him, so we could get him out of the car.”

“I don't know if they were holding hands before he passed, or if she grabbed him afterwards but it doesn't matter,” family friend “Britches” Peden also told KREM.

Floyd Nordhagen, 92, and Margaret Nordhagen, 88, died Sunday afternoon after they pulled out of a store parking lot onto a state highway in front of an oncoming pickup truck, NBC station KHQ TV in Spokane reported.

The couple was married for 68 years and had lived on a farm and ranch in the Elk Community of Spokane County in the northeast part Washington state for 45 years. They were popular members of the community church.

Floyd often bragged about how pretty Margaret was, and when he started having a hard time pushing the lawn mower, she would help and they would push it together, KREM reported.

The Nordhagens are survived by their 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Undated photo of Floyd and Margaret Nordhagen and the car, below.

**Family of couple who died holding hands: 'They were always together'

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October 17, 2013

The family members of Floyd Nordhagen, 92, and Margaret Nordhagen, 88, who were killed Sunday in a car accident in rural Washington State, say they weren’t surprised when state troopers told them that the couple was found holding hands in the wreckage.

“They were always together,” their son, Marv Nordhagen, told TODAY.com. “They still cuddled a lot.”

“He would give her a hug and a kiss every day,” said their daughter-in-law, Lynn Nordhagen. “Whenever they were near each other, he would reach for her and she would reach out for him.”

Floyd was a deeply religious man who dedicated his life to his two loves — Jesus Christ, and his wife.

“Floyd bragged that he felt like he was 18 years old and attributed that to 80-something years of, ‘no booze, one woman, and the love of God’,” family friend, Serena Thompson, wrote on her blog.

The couple, who had been married for 68 years, first met at Margaret's high school graduation, where she was the class valedictorian.

Marv's parents, Margaret and Floyd, working as a team. “He married up,” joked Marv. The couple didn’t see each other for some time after their first introduction and Margaret had actually accepted a marriage proposal from another suitor. But when she met Floyd again, “he swept her off her feet,” according to Marv.

Despite earning a meager living on a cattle farm in Chattaroy, Washington, the family said the couple gave away up to 20% of their annual income to charity, most of it going to their local church.

“Floyd always said, ‘I am so rich,’” said daughter-in-law Lynn. “He felt so blessed.”

Margaret was the church secretary for many years and would often cook for church events. She was famous for her homemade oatmeal cookies, cinnamon rolls, and chicken noodle soup.

Their son, Marv, who now looks over the cattle, said the couple lived a simple, honest life without pretenses or facades. “They were who they were,” he said.

In recent years, Margaret had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and Floyd required a cane to get around. When his knee began bothering him, he’d have trouble pushing the heavy lawnmower around their farm. Margaret would often work by his side, helping to push the hefty machine.

The couple were married for 68 years. The family was very concerned about how one of them would cope when the other passed away.

“None of us could imagine one of them without the other,” said Lynn.

The family is grateful that the two were taken from them at the same time.

“We do think that’s God’s blessing,” said Marv.

Floyd and Margaret leave behind their 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, (a 24th is on the way), and 1 great great grandchild.

While the family is still mourning their loss, the story of their parents’ accident and their final show of affection has gone viral.

“It’s insane. I’m dumbfounded,” said Marv. “I think the world wants the kind of love they had and has no idea how to have it.”

I added some photos. Floyd Nordhagen and Margaret Nordhagen, who died on Sunday. Courtesy of The Nordhagen Family.

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Wonder where the couple's grown children lived. Seems like they should have had some help at that age. This breaks my heart. Pushing a lawn mower together, cuz it was too hard for the husband....holding hands at the end... okay..you got me on this one DS!

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Maybe that's why they crashed.. They might have forgot they were in the car and thought they were at home watching some dashcam footage on TV. Holding hands and enjoying the scary pictures of some lunatic driver on the telly.

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that's just up the road from here. sad story....

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Wonder where the couple's grown children lived. Seems like they should have had some help at that age. This breaks my heart. Pushing a lawn mower together, cuz it was too hard for the husband....holding hands at the end... okay..you got me on this one DS!
I would have thought the same thing, BBKF, but, I worked with a much older man, who retired, was depressed, and gained a lot of weight doing nothing.

He went back to work, lost weight and was much happier. Another woman and I fussed over him. A homemade cake or a takeout burger made him happy :)

I became the cake maker. The couple probably felt better doing things together.

The man I knew lost his wife, after her being in and out of mental health facilities, kept working until the company laid people off. He never used a computer, but, did more work with a big old calculater and handwritten notes, than a man half his age, who filled in when he was out for a week.

The younger guy couldn't keep up. He got less than half of the work done. He said he didn't know how he did it.

After his wife died, the son took away his car and put him in a home. He never returned any of our calls.

One of my bosses called me to leave a message to see if I could get a reponse, but, I'm guessing, he died of a broken heart and boredom :(

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It may have a been a 66, but, I called it, "White Lightning," because it wasn't

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I had a white one in high school with rusted bumpers, no heat or radio, but, I drove it anyway.

It may have a been a 66, but, I called it, "White Lightning," because it wasn't

Carried my boom box
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