Best friends for nearly 80 years move into same care home

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Two women who has been best friends for nearly eight decades have marked their friendship in the best way by moving into the same care home.  

Olive Woodward and Kathleen Saville are both 89 years old. Yahoo reports they first met at age 11 when they sat next to each other at Ravenshead School Nottingham, in 1941.

The pair lived down the road from one another in Mansfield. And when they married, their husbands worked together at the Coal Board.

The friends remained close through bereavement. Kathleen, who does not have children, lost her husband Leonard in 1989, after 35 years of marriage, while Olive, who has two grown-up daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, lost her husband Roy in 2004, according to Yahoo.

And now they have followed one another into the same care home in Mansfield. Kathleen moved in Berry Hill Park last year, and Olive has now moved into the room opposite hers.

Olive Woodward, left, and Kathleen Saville met in 1941 and have been friends ever since. [Photo: SWNS](Olive Woodward, left, and Kathleen Saville met in 1941 and have been friends ever since. [Photo: SWNS])

They are some of the oldest residents in the home, but feel like “giggling school girls” because they have one another.

“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."

Care home manager Sally Tebbett said, "The sparkle is still there. They are full of mischief."

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