An inseparable couple who were married for 76 years and went everywhere together including work have died within three days of each other.
Phyllis and Miles Higgin met at a dance in 1933 when she was just 15 years old – marrying in 1939 and only separated when he was sent to war.
They even worked alongside each other running pubs and once retired would go out for walks with their dog up to three or four times a day.
Even as they fell ill they shared a double room together at their care home in Burnley, Lancs.Their family say Phyllis died aged 97 – and Miles died just three days later aged 99.
Loved ones thought poorly Miles would go first but believe “he waited for her to die – he didn’t want to leave her alone.”
Their only child, Angela Hartley, 66, paid tribute to her parents’ wonderful love story.
She told how they shared a double room at the Abbey Grange Care Home in for the past 19 months and were much loved by the staff there.
Mrs Hartley said:
“They would holiday together, shop together, walk together. They did absolutely everything together. They didn’t spend any time apart.They never talked of having a secret to their marriage but would always talk things through and would do everything together.At the end of the day they just loved each other very much.They would sit together holding hands all day long and my dad would be constantly telling staff that he loved her. He had the staff in tears all the time.”