A DEVOTED couple who had not been seen for several weeks have been found dead at the home they shared in Padiham.
Police were called to Whitegate Close at 6-50pm on Tuesday, December 4th, where they found Miss Frances Thresh (75) and her 81-year-old partner Mr Terence Shore.
Neighbours raised the alarm after they had not seen the pair for a number of weeks.
Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding their deaths, which were found to be from natural causes.
Miss Thresh’s family has paid tribute to the couple, who had been together for more than 20 years.
One of seven children, Miss Thresh was born and brought up in Padiham. She suffered from epilepsy which meant she did not work for most of her life. She was a keen Elvis fan and enjoyed television quizzes and colouring.
She met Mr Shore, who used to do odd jobs for people and was often seen carrying a tool box, when they lived close to one another.
They enjoyed holidays in Blackpool and would go twice a year for three or four weeks at a time.
Mrs Thresh’s niece Samantha Davison said: “We thought they had gone away for three or four weeks again. “The neighbours phoned the police because they hadn’t seen them and they found them.
“Terence always looked after her.”
The coroner’s office has been unable to trace any of Mr Shore’s relatives and Samantha, who is organising the funeral with her mum Joyce Davison – Miss Thresh’s sister – said they have made joint arrangements for the couple.
“They died together and she would’ve wanted to be with him,” added Samantha.
Miss Thresh leaves sisters Joyce, Joan and Doreen, brothers Arthur, Alan and Keith, many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Their funeral will take place at Burnley Crematorium on Tuesday.