Family donates special bench to remember residents who passed away

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Relatives of an elderly couple who passed away within 12 hours of each other have donated a memorial bench to the care home where they spent their final years. Jim and Marjory Ower both passed away on the 7th of January, 2016 just weeks after celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary at Balhousie Coupar Angus Care Home.

Jim and Marjory’s sons kindly donated the bench, with their names added to a plaque, to be placed in the care homes gardens for other residents and relatives to enjoy. 

Both originally from Coupar Angus, Jim and Marjory married during the Second World War on December 7th 1940 and Jim was a farmer while Marjory took care of the children. They saw the world change dramatically during their three quarters of a century together, from post-war Britain and the Queen’s Coronation, to the invention of the personal computer and the turn of the millennium. Another special date came last year when Jim turned 100, so a great many landmark dates were celebrated by the elderly couple.

The couple enjoyed a special 75th wedding anniversary party at the Coupar Angus care home where they received a special telegram from the Queen congratulating them both on their long and happy marriage.

Alison Miller, Home Manager at Balhousie Coupar Angus Care Home, commented:

“It was incredibly sad when Jim and Marjory passed away earlier this year, especially so close together. We were honoured to help them celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary shortly before they both passed and I think they thoroughly enjoyed marking such a special milestone together. We would like to thank Jim and Marjory’s family for donating the beautiful bench which has pride of place in our gardens. I’m sure our residents will enjoy using it very much.”