DERBY, UK — A elderly couple whose relatives said they “would not have wanted to live without each other” died just minutes apart earlier this month.
Stephen Cresswell, the nephew of 88-year-old Harry and 89-year-old Mavis Stevenson, told the Mirror that the couple were “soulmates” and had been married for 65 years.
The Stevensons, who lived at a care home for the aged, had moved into the facility because Harry did not want to live apart from his wife, according to family members.
As a result, the pair shared a bedroom, and Harry looked after Mavis. After her health began to fail, Mavis eventually died at 10:50 a.m. on Nov. 3. When nurses told her husband what had happened, relatives said he shed a few tears.
But then, when the nurses returned less than 10 minutes later, they found Harry dead.
Cresswell said he was shocked to find out that his uncle had died.
“I had seen them the day before and I knew Mavis had less time than Harry,” Cresswell said.
“Harry was still quite medically strong. When he died I was quite shocked.
It was just a few minutes later and was so special.
They would not have wanted to live without each other, so I think it was the perfect ending.”