Sunday, December 20, 2009
Oldest couple to divorce - Bertie and
Jessie Wood sets world record
LONDON, UK --Bertie and Jessie Wood ended their
36-year marriage when they were both two years away from their
100th birthdays-setting the world record for the Oldest
couple to divorce.
Both were 97 at the time and it is
unclear why their marriage failed although a decree absolute
is believed to have been granted subsequently.
Photo: picture posed by models
Both had been married before when they
wed in Elstree, Hertfordshire, in 1972. They moved to Falmouth,
Cornwall, four years later, but by 2008 the relationship was
The reason for the spilt is not known. Divorce
expert Francine Kaye said: “At that age you’d think you’d
find some way of getting on with each other.”
Wood died shortly after the divorce decree
was issued, shortly before he turned 99, and Ms. Wood now
lives in a nursing home.
Mrs Wood's daughter Pauline Rowe, 65, refused
to discuss the split. 'It's too hurtful to talk about,' she
told the News of The World.
Terence Wood, Mr Wood's son from his first marriage,
also refused to comment on the marriage break-up, which prompted
divorce expert Francine Kaye to say: 'At that age you'd think
you'd find some way of getting on with each other.'
The previous Guinness world record for
couple to divorce was held by Earlier Simon, 97, and Ida
Stern, 91, of Wisconsin, US, who split in 1984
The Guinness world record for the oldest newlyweds
is held by French couple Francois Fernandez, then 96, and
Madeleine Francineau, then 94. who married in 2002.
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December 20, 2009