Lifelong “Soulmates” Die Moments Apart

Posted by on November 19, 2014 in Conscious Living, Inspirational, Relationships & Sex with 0 Comments


Harry and Mavis during their 50th wedding anniversary  Photo: Caters

Harry and Mavis during their 50th wedding anniversary Photo: Caters

An “inseparable” couple who had been married for 65 years died within minutes of each other.

Harry Stevenson, 88, died moments after care home staff informed him of the death of his 89-year-old wife, Mavis.

The devoted couple, from Derby, had refused to be separated throughout their life and, when Mrs Stevenson’s health deteriorated, Mr Stevenson moved into a care home to be with her.

Their nephew, Stephen Creswell, 63, from Belper, said: “They were devoted to each other. I know they just couldn’t bear to be separated.”

Mr and Mrs Stevenson spent their final months at St Werburgh’s House Care Home in Derby.

Despite Mr Stevenson’s frailty, he was in better health than his wife and his relations were not expecting him to die so soon.

“They had been in their room at the home at 10.50am when Mavis passed away on Monday, Nov 3,” said Mr Creswell.

“The nurses told Harry in the most gentle way that she had died. The nurses said he shed a few tears and it was nothing dramatic. Then they went outside and returned to find Harry had died. It was just a few minutes later.”

After meeting at a social club aged 16, the sweethearts began courting just before Mr Stevenson signed up to fight in the Second World War on his 17th birthday in 1943. He became a Royal Marine Commando, and served in the D-Day Normandy landings.

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