Wed 67 years dead 2 hours apart: Married 67 Years Die Two Hours

Published: June 25, 2015

Wed 67 years dead 2 hours apart: Married 67 Years Die Two Hours, They vowed to love each other in sickness and in health. For more than six decades, Hugh Nees, 94 and his wife Joan, 92, from New Zealand, stayed true to that promise and remained inseparable right until the last moments they spent together.

The Wellington couple, who were hopelessly in love for 67 years of their marriage, died in their sleep two hours of one another in the same nursing home at Eldon Lodge in Paraparaumu on Tuesday.

Daughter Joy Reid told NZ Stuff their death was a ‘miracle’ after the pair had told family members they couldn’t bear to be without each other.

‘It was just what they wanted,’ Ms Reid said.

‘They said they wanted to die together, and I didn’t expect it to really happen. It was just perfect for them.’

Hugh, who was a Baptist minister, met his beloved wife in the Hutt Valley in the 1940s where they moved and worked closely together in churches across the country.

The pair had refused to be separated throughout their life and moved from their Waikanae home nearly three months ago into a double room at the rest home.

Surrounded by loved ones, the devoted couple ‘were in the same room, living beside each other’ when Hugh lost his battle to cancer while his wife died after a stroke, according to NZ Herald.

Their son Robert Nees, said: ‘They were strong Christians and therefore they knew where they were going, and they had no problem about going there.’

‘Their departure, it’s sad but happy – life wasn’t easy for the last little while and that’s over, that’s all good.’

The couple have five children together and were the proud grandparents to their 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A service to commemorate the couple will be held at 11am on Tuesday, June 30 at Waikanae Baptist Church.

The family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers to be made to the Bible Society of New Zealand.


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