A couple married for 67 years, die two hours apart in New Zealand. That’s how Hugh Nee, 94, and wife Joan, 92, stayed true to that promise and remained inseparable after they died together within moments apart, according to Daily Telegraph.
The married Wellington couple, who were hopelessly in love in 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 said their death was a “miracle” after the pair had told family members they couldn’t bear to be without each other.
According to family members, the couple passed away while they slept. 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.
The married couple for 67 years have five children together and were the proud grandparents to their 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. The family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers to be made to the Bible Society of New Zealand.
“It was just what they wanted,” 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 were married for years as they worked closely together in churches across the country. 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 within two hours of each other.
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.”
In their married years, they remained devoted to one another.
The family moved the couches from the living room of their ranch house, making space for the hospice beds. Cynthia Letson said that after her grandfather passed, they told her grandmother, as she faded, that she could go too.
Letson said her grandparents are a positive example at a time with too many broken marriages.
“It would be nice if the world got back to the core of marriage,” Letson said. “I don’t think people realize that anymore. They need to go back to the basics that marriage is forever.”