Couple died who were married for 63 years husband died after three days after his wife death
Couple died who were married for 63 years husband died after three days after his wife death |A devoted couple married for 63 years have died just days apart after the husband said he wouldn’t be long behind his wife.
Maurice Tilley, 88, passed away peacefully on March 7, just three days after Joyce died aged 85
Daughter Lesley Read, 56, said there was a ‘sense of relief’ they had died within days of one another.
The mum-of-two, from Woodville, Derbyshire, said: ‘When I told dad that mum had died, he said ‘it won’t be long for me’.
‘They were both very frail, and my husband and I were aware that they didn’t have long left.
‘But for them to have died so soon to one another is so surreal, especially after they spent so many loving years together.
‘I always believed that death would be the only thing that could keep them apart, but even now it feel as though the two of them are still together.
‘They couldn’t live without one another, and I think that’s been proven.
‘We always said one would follow the other. Dad said she was in a better place.’
The couple first met in 1950 after they got chatting at a bus stop outside The Lamb pub in Ashby, Leicestershire.
They arranged a chaperoned date at Maurice’s parents’ house and quickly fell for one another and married St Laurence’s Church in Measham, Derbyshire, in 1954.
Lesley added: ‘It was love at first sight.
‘It’s so strange to think that they came together because of a chance meeting in a bus stop. It just shows that they were destined to be together.
‘They married four years later, and four years after that they had me.’
Maurice worked as a health and safety officer for Severn Trent, while Joyce worked at Measham Show Factory and as a cleaner.
Throughout more than six decades of marriage, the couple were only apart once when Maurice was hospitalised for two months after breaking his hip falling out of a chair in 2015. He became very frail after the accident.
Their daughter said: ‘They were happy. They loved their coach holidays and going for a walk.
‘Almost every year they would go to Scotland, they always boasted about how they’d been there 22 times.’
The pair’s health deteriorated rapidly in recent years.
Lesley said: ‘It’s been tough.
‘My mother broke her hip in 2012 when she fell over in the flat.
‘They were both housebound. The last three years has not been good at all.
‘Three years later she had a stroke, and gradually lost the ability to speak or interact with people.
‘Just before my mum died, she looked at me and smiled. That is a memory that I will always cherish.’
As well as Lesley, the couple leave behind two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The couple are to have their coffins laid next to each other at a funeral service at St Stephen’s Church, near to their home next week.
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