At 5:10, Jeanette died peacefully as her children read to her and her husband from the Bible. After Jeanette was gone, the couple’s son, Keith De Lange, turned to his father and told him he could stop fighting if he wanted to.
“My brother Keith said to my dad, ‘Mom’s gone to heaven. You don’t have to fight anymore, you can go too if you want,’ ” Lee recalled.
Then, Henry opened his eyes and looked over at his beloved wife and laid back down. Five to ten minutes after that, Lee said, his father was gone. He had died at 5:30, just 20 minutes after Jeanette.
“We’re calling it a beautiful act of God’s providential love and mercy,” Lee said. “You don’t pray for it because it seems mean but you couldn’t ask for anything more beautiful.”