Devoted couple married for 76 years die within days

Miles and Phyllis Higgin, pictured celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary. A211209/4

Miles and Phyllis Higgin, pictured celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary. A211209/4

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A devoted Burnley couple who were married for 76 years and went everywhere together died within three days of each other.

Mrs Phyllis Higgin (97) died on December 17th at Abbey Grange Care Home in Glen View Road, three days before her husband Miles (99).

The couple, who both suffered with dementia, had been residents at the home for 19 months.

Their daughter Mrs Angela Hartley (66) paid tribute to her dedicated parents, who formerly lived in Owen Street, Rosegrove.

“I had a happy childhood and a happy life with them. They were brilliant parents and brilliant grandparents. They were family oriented and they were very devoted. They did everything together, they never went anywhere on their own.”

Mr and Mrs Higgin, who also lived in Sycamore Avenue and Leyland Road and had two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, ran the former Coachmakers Arms pub in Adelphi Street and the Coal Clough Pub in Coal Clough Lane in the 1960s.

Mr Higgin later worked at the former Brockhall Hospital until his retirement while Mrs Higgin also worked in the canteen at Gus. A joint funeral for the couple took place on Christmas Eve.