After 70 years of marriage, husband and wife die minutes apart

Wilf and Vera Russell (Source: Facebook)

An elderly couple who had been married for 71 years passed away just minutes apart from each other.

The couple, from Leicester, met when Vera was 16 and Wilf was 18.

Wilf who fought in World War Two died at a care home at 6:50am on Wednesday.

Four minutes later, just a few miles away at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, his wife Vera passed away at 6:54am. She died before hearing of her husband’s death.


Wilf had been suffering from dementia and in the final weeks of his life he was unable to recognise his wife.

Vera was extremely distraught over her husband’s illness. So much so, her own health began to deteriorate and she was hospitalised.

Their granddaughter, Stephanie Welch, told the Leicester Mercury how during her last visit, Vera asked where her husband was before saying: “We’re a right pair, aren’t we?”

They had been married for 71 years and had three sons, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

According to Welch, the two were truly inseparable and treasured all of the family time they could get.

The couple will be buried side by side after a joint funeral this week.