Best Friends Of 80 Years End Up In The Same Nursing Home: “We’re Going To Be Friends In Heaven"

Best Friends Of 80 Years End Up In The Same Nursing Home: “We’re Going To Be Friends In Heaven"

Olive Woodward and Kathleen Saville met in 1941 when they were both 11. Sitting next to each other in school was the beginning of a friendship which they will take to heaven.

Who doesn't want to always live close to their best friend? Many of us are fortunate to them around, while some of us are apart by distances and time zones, even. What do you think of growing old with your best friend? Doesn't it seem most ideal? Well, these two ladies are living the life, then. According to Mirror, these two women, who have been best friends for nearly eight decades and have always lived close to each other, have now moved into the same nursing home. Olive Woodward and Kathleen Saville, both 89, first met at school when they were 11 and have been inseparable ever since.


Both of them have spent their lives in Mansfield, Notts, where they raised their children and grandchildren just streets apart. Both of them are now widows and are fulfilling the oath they took to never spend a minute apart. They're both residents of Berry Hill Park care home in the town. Kathleen said: “We are 89 but we look 63. We have been good friends and never fallen out. We are still good looking."


“We have never argued over anything. Olive’s a good friend. If I needed her she would always be there. If Olive goes first she’ll come back to fetch me. We’re going to be friends in heaven.” Great grandmother-of-four Olive added: “She is jolly and a good laugh and we don’t argue. If I’m unhappy or in trouble, I only have to go to Kathleen and we’ll always end up laughing.” The pair have been friends ever since they first met in school in 1941 when they sat next to one another at Ravenshead School in Nottingham. 

Kathleen’s husband Leonard, who worked for the Coal Board, passed away in 1989 after being married for 35 years. Olive, who has two daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, lost her husband Roy in 2004. Sally Tebbett, home manager at Berry Hill Park, said, “The sparkle is still there. They are full of mischief. Kathleen is a proper flirt and has her lippy on every day. She says ‘if you have got it, flaunt it.’ Olive is a bit more reserved but they egg each other on. They never stop chatting and giggling. It’s so endearing, they genuinely love each other and you can see that.”


People were sharing experiences of their own while congratulating the two women for going strong for so long. Julia Tranter wrote: "I've got a very good friend who I've known for 65 years. We met at nursery school and have kept in touch even though she spent some time in South Africa and me 15 years in France. The conversation just picks up where it left off."  Linda Lally added: "Everyone needs a lifelong friend. I've got one, and we will always have each other, it's nice to have someone to confide in, and who knows you and your family, better than you know yourself."



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