Sutton on Sea couple finally reunited at local care home

A Sutton on Sea couple have been reunited after a husband moved into a care home to be with his wife of 67 years.
Bob and Mary Owen have finally been reunited.Bob and Mary Owen have finally been reunited.
Bob and Mary Owen have finally been reunited.

Bob and Mary Owen were reunited recently after Bob moved into Four Seasons Health Care’s Doulton Court Care Home in Sutton on Sea to live with his wife after months of restrictions have made it difficult to see one another.

Mary, 88, has lived at the care home for over seven years and although the couple have been able to keep in touch during the pandemic via video calls and socially distanced visits, they have desperately missed spending quality time together and being able to hold hands and give each other a hug.

Bob, 90, moved into the home at the end of January. He said: “I have missed Mary so, so much and I’m so happy that we can be together again at last.”

The couple, originally from Nottingham, first met at a dance at Jepson’s Ballroom in 1951 when Bob was 20 and Mary was 18, and began courting.

They were out shopping together one day and passed a jewellers and Bob asked Mary there and then if she would marry him.

The answer was a resounding ‘yes’ and they married on Bob’s birthday in March 1953. They have a son, two daughters and one granddaughter.

The care home’s manager, Susan Yates, said: “It has been wonderful for Bob and Mary to be reunited and it’s so heart-warming to see them enjoying life together once more.

“They love taking part in activities like singing, crafts club and playing board games and being able to sit down and enjoy their meals together again.”

Bob and Mary said their secret to a long and happy marriage is “lots of communication, having date nights and of course, true love, which conquers all”.

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