Husband and wife buried in double coffin - killed in head-on crash
A DEVOTED husband and wife who were killed in a head-on crash have been buried together in a double coffin.
Hundreds of mourners gathered at the funeral of Wilfred and Ann Fallows yesterday.
The couple, pictured right, had been married for 46 years when they died in the collision with a lorry in Macclesfield Road, Congleton, on April 18.
Reverend Jonathan Sharples said the couple would not have wanted to have been apart, in life or death.
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He said: "Wilfred and Ann share death together, just as they shared everything in life.
"They were not old and we did not expect them to be taken away like this and often when people suffer a sudden loss, there are a lot of different emotions involved.
"Every indication suggests that they knew nothing about the crash or suffered any pain.
"They lived their lives together for so long and would not have wanted to be apart."
Wilfred, aged 69, and Ann, who was 67, got married in 1965 and had three children.
The couple, of Lesser Reeves Farm, Astbury, near Congleton, had ran a dairy farm in Brownlow, Congleton, for more than 40 years.
The funeral took place at St Mary's Church in Astbury, where the couple were active members and Ann sung with the choir.
Reverend Sharples told the congregation: "Wilfred and Ann raised their children with great love and devotion. Everyone was always made to feel so welcome at their home and there was never a shortage of food and tea for visitors.
"When people speak of Wilfred the word they use is respect and when they talk about Ann, it's always her smile which comes up.
"Ann liked to be part of what her children were doing and was so proud of what they had done.
"Wilfred had the attitude of working hard from a very early age and would take on extra jobs to provide for his family. They died in tragic circumstances and there is still a sense of shock and numbness in the community."
A slideshow of photographs of the couple's time together was shown on a screen at the front of the church as part of the service.
Hymns sung included How Great Thou Art and Faithful Shepherd, Feed Me.
Jean Millward, one of Ann's sisters, read a passage from the Bible while her brother John Ward read out a poem called Feel No Guilt In Laughter.
Following the service, police had to stop traffic on the A34 Newcastle Road to allow mourners to cross the road for the burial.
Donations were taken for the church and the Alex Project, Macclesfield's Parkinson's branch.
Wilfred suffered from Parkinson's disease and it is believed the couple may have been travelling back from a medical appointment at the time of the crash.
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