‘They were soul mates’: Couple dies of cancer in 12 hours
Steve and Wendy Hawkins both died of cancer on Christmas Eve – just 12 hours apart.
“They were soul mates.” Kathy Hawkins-LaFollette, sister of Steve Hawkins (58), describes the relationship between her brother and his wife Wendy (52) this way. They were happily married for many years until they both died just before Christmas – 12 hours apart.
Steve battled cancer for five years
According to a report from Yankton Emergency Medical Services in the US, Steve has been battling cancer for five years, while Wendy was recently diagnosed with cancer. Cancer diagnosis have received Neither their three children nor the emergency medical service, where Steve has been a team member since 2009, could say what type of cancer they died of – they were admitted to the same hospital and Wendy died shortly after her husband. “She was a devoted wife and mother who stayed home to raise their three children,” emergency services wrote.
“They are wonderful parents.”
“It was a very sad experience,” writes Hawkins’ son, Trenton. He launched a call for donations on the “gofundme” website to give his parents a dignified funeral. His siblings and family are already helping him, but two sudden funerals are difficult to cope with. “They were wonderful parents and took good care of us,” she continues. “Now we try to take better care of them.” Any support would help them a lot.
Steve’s sister, Kathy, turns to her Facebook community for moral support. “I can’t imagine what it must be like for your children to lose a parent at such a young age,” she wrote in her post. After all, all three are only 20 years old. “Please pray for Brad, Mandi and Trenton.” (jbu)
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