Joan, 70, and Richard, 79, had been previously married for a total of 89 years.
Both had lost their spouses suddenly several years earlier.
Big age gaps take years off a woman’s life, according to research.
“The best choice for a woman is to marry a man of exactly the same age; an older husband shortens her life, and a younger one even more so.”Odd couples abound, but you can bet you’ll eventually being playing nursemaid, says Debra Mac Leod.
“Age is having grown up in a certain culture, having certain shared experiences and also having certain kinds of bodies.