Lovely Couple Who Were Married For 71 Years Die Just Minutes Apart

Vera and Wilf Russell enjoyed a long and happy life together.


Imagine spending seven decades with someone and then dying less than five minutes apart.

That’s what happened last week to a British couple that had been married for 71 years. Wilf Russell, aged 93, died on March 29 at 6:50 a.m. Amazingly, his 91-year old wife, Vera, passed away just a few minutes later, at 6:54 a.m.

The couple were childhood sweethearts. They got engaged when they were just 16 and 18 and were married on Sept. 5, 1945. They had a family and lived together until Wilf, a veteran of World War Two, was diagnosed with dementia last year and moved into a care home in Wigston, Leicestershire.

The couple on their wedding day.


After he stopped recognizing her during visits, Vera’s health declined as well, according to the couples granddaughter, Stephanie Welch. Vera was admitted to a hospital in January, just three miles from where Wilf was. She died not having been told of her husbands death a few minutes prior.

Welch says her grandmothers final words were about Wilf, “The last thing she said to me was: ‘We’re a right pair, aren’t we?’ She believes Vera stayed put until the time was right. “I think she was waiting for him to go. She was broken-hearted.”

Its like The Notebook in real life.

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