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89-Year-Old BFFs Moved Into The Same Care Home Together

89-Year-Old BFFs Moved Into The Same Care Home Together

Some friendships last a lifetime - and 89-year-old Olive Woodward and Kathleen Saville's is proof of this.

The best friends, from Mansfield, Nottingham, met when they were 11 at school and lived down the road from one another.

Years later they met their husbands, who both worked at the Coal Board together, and lived on the same road in Mansfield for their entire lives.

 89-year-old BBF's Olive Woodward (left) and Kathleen Saville (right) are living in the same care home (Credit: SWNS)
89-year-old BBF's Olive Woodward (left) and Kathleen Saville (right) are living in the same care home (Credit: SWNS)
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Kathleen, whose husband Leonard passed away in 1989 after a 35-year-marriage, moved into Berry Hill Park care home in the town last year.

Olive - who has two daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren - lost her husband Roy in 2004.

Following his death, she lived alone in Mansfield, but has now decided to join Kathleen in the care home, with a room just down the hall.

"I just knew we would always be friends when I met Olive," said Kathleen, who worked as a supervisor at Mansfield Telephone Exchange.

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"She means a lot to me. We've stayed friends by telling each other what we think and never arguing. If Olive goes first she'll come back to fetch me. We're going to be friends in heaven."

The best friends met when they were 11 at school and lived down the road from one another (Credit: SWNS)
The best friends met when they were 11 at school and lived down the road from one another (Credit: SWNS)

Olive, who worked as a typist, is equally as fond of her best friend.

"She is jolly and a good laugh and we don't argue," she said. "We are still capable of looking after ourselves and each other.

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"We lived around the corner from each other all our lives so living down the hall seemed an obvious thing to do.

"I feel very lucky to have my best friend down the hall. We've built many memories together and we're making more every day.

"When Kathleen moved into the home I missed her and I used to go and see her every Saturday for lunch. Then I thought, why don't I move in too?

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"If I'm unhappy or in trouble I only have to go to Kathleen and we'll always end up laughing."

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Kathleen moved into Berry Hill Park care home in the town last year (Credit: SWNS)
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The pair put their 80-year-friendship down to not arguing.

"We are 89 but we look 63. We have been good friends and never fallen out," said Kathleen.

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"We are still good looking. We have never argued over anything. She's a good friend. If I needed her she would always be there. We used to get dates and not turn up.

"I also used to give them the wrong address, just in case I didn't like them or want them anymore.

"We don't cause any trouble in the home, but we sometimes have to knock the staff into shape.

"I just raced one of the managers down the hallway for a laugh. I'm so glad Olive is here now, we're like giggling school girls and we still put on our lippy and get dressed up.

"We always say to each other 'if you've got it, flaunt it."

Olive lost her husband Roy in 2004 (Credit: SWNS)
Olive lost her husband Roy in 2004 (Credit: SWNS)

Kathleen married Leonard in 1954, and Olive got married to Roy two years later.

Care home manager Sally Tebbett said of the women: "They never stop chatting and giggling. It's so endearing, they genuinely love each other and you can see that.

"Since they have been reunited, Kathleen and Olive have been inseparable, causing just as much mischief in the home as they used to when they became friends 78 years ago."

Wecan only hope to have a friendship as solid as Olive and Kathleen's when we're 89.

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Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.