Friday 9 December 2016

Elderly couple who were married for 67 years die within two hours of one another

Published 26/06/2015 | 10:48

Hugh, and Joan, Nees in their home in Paraparaumu, north of Wellington, New Zealand, in April 2014.
Hugh, and Joan, Nees in their home in Paraparaumu, north of Wellington, New Zealand, in April 2014.
Joan and Hugh on their wedding day 67 years ago.

A devoted couple who were married for almost seven decades died within two hours of each other in their home in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Hugh Nees (94), who had cancer passed away last week while his wife Joan (92) suffered a stroke two hours later as they lay beside one another in bed.

The pair often spoke about how they couldn’t bear to live without each other.

The couple had recently moved to a home in Waikanae, New Zealand because of their declining health.

"They were strong Christians and therefore they knew where they were going, and they had no problem about going there," their son Robert Nees told the New Zealand Herald.

"Their departure, it's sad but happy. Life wasn't easy for the last little while and that's over, that's all good."

Joan and Hugh on their wedding day 67 years ago.
Joan and Hugh on their wedding day 67 years ago.

Speaking of her parents’ death, the couple’s daughter Joy 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 and Joan had five children, two of whom died before them. The pair also tragically lost a grandson, Nicolas Heyward (31) last year, who was involved in a shooting in Argentina.

The couple’s long marriage can be linked to similar active interests their children revealed.

Both Hugh and Joan had a love of gardening and loved to play golf in their younger days.

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