UK couple die on same day after 77 years together

Frank and Joyce Dodd
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After 77 years as husband and wife, Frank and Joyce Dodd died mere hours apart.

Before they passed, the UK couple were able to hold hands one last time when kind-hearted hospital staff pushed their beds next to each other - so they could hold hands one last time.

"The staff were excellent," their daughter, 75-year-old Angela Bonell told KentOnline.

"They had mum upstairs and dad downstairs and they asked us if we would like them to bring their beds together. They brought dad upstairs so they could lay and hold hands."

Joyce, 97, and Frank, 96, fell in love as teenagers in the 1930s and over the next nearly-80 years their family grew to five children, 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and even two great-great-grandkids.

Joyce Dodd and daughters
Joyce Dodd with her four generations of daughters (

They had just welcomed the latest addition to the family in February, and celebrated their wedding anniversary only days ago.

Frank had heart failure and had been in a home for a month before going to hospital. Joyce visited him every day until she also fell ill.

They both died on April 8 - Frank at 4am and Joyce at 6pm.

They died in the small UK town of Gravesend where they had met so many years ago, near where the River Thames meets the English Channel. Joyce worked as a waitress and Frank was a sawyer at a timber yard, as well as serving in Africa and Italy during the Second World War.

Frank and Joyce Dodd
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They were like "chalk and cheese" their daughter Angela says, but they enjoyed 77 happy years of marriage and looked after each other until the very end.