Couple remain inseparable after 67 years of marriage

John Wilson, 96, known as Ken, and his wife, Mavis, 93, of Mount Pleasant Care Home, off Hollow Lane, Winshill, marked their milestone on Monday, St George’s Day.

They enjoyed a party with relatives and friends and tucked into a special cake decorated with the number 67.

When congratulated, Mrs Wilson deployed her trademark wit, joking: “Ken’s taking me to Venice this afternoon.” She and her husband moved to Mount Pleasant in 2010 after living in Holly Green, Stapenhill — some distance from their roots.

Born on New Year’s Eve, 1915, in Middlesbrough, the youngest of eight children, Mr Wilson attended boarding school and a convent school. He was a successful scholar.

On the eve of the Spanish Civil War he went to northern Spain, where he later found a body in the street, before returning to England to study medicine at College of London University.

After contributing to the UK’s effort in World War Two in London, he met Mavis while working as a family doctor at Stockton Hospital.

Mr Wilson worked as a GP in Middlesbrough for many years before his reluctant retirement.

A private man who enjoyed travelling and gardening, and who once harboured ambitions to retire by the sea, he now likes watching television, particularly Eggheads.

Born on June 2, 1918, in Stockton-on- Tees, Mrs Wilson, the middle child of three, also did well at school, enjoying history.

Supported by a close family, she went on to study nursing and was a nursing sister at Stockton Hospital when she met Ken.

The couple married in the town in 1945 at St Paul’s Church.

Mrs Wilson enjoyed baking, painting, knitting and gardening. She also liked caring for her children and now does the same for her grandchildren.

They moved to Burton to be closer to their family.

The Wilsons have three children — Elizabeth, John and David — seven grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren.

Still very much in love, the Wilsons enjoy playing cards, dominoes and bingo.

According to staff at their care home, Mr Wilson provides the ‘eyes’ for his wife, who is blind, while she gives him energy and drive.

“They are just a wonderful combination,” said Dawn Thompson, Mount Pleasant’s deputy manager.

“They do dovetail each other and one complements the other. Mavis is always looking after Ken.

“They are a joy to have.

“Mavis is very outspoken and will let us know if something is not right, and Ken will offer us advice.”

 

Sourced from Burton News and Staffordshire, 25th April 2012.