New widows can often discover surprising things about their dearly departed spouses.
An old romance, a small gambling debt, or maybe even a drawer full of crumpled candy bar wrappers (“but he told me he never ate junk food!”).
Or, if you’re Vivian Pitt Dowers, the 75-year old widowed spouse of the late David Dowers, with whom she marched down the aisle more than three decades ago, you can find out something a bit more unusual.
That you were divorced.
That’s the remarkable factoid that greeted Ms. Dowers after Mr. Dowers’ death.
It turns out that, for reasons that have evidently followed him to the grave, Mr. Dowers secretly divorced his wife eight years ago, and removed her as the beneficiary of his life insurance policy and pension plan, to boot.
Ms. Dowers was not amused.
“What you talking about? Me no sign no divorce papers! [SIC]” she told the New York Post, referring to documents, filed by Mr. Dowers, that claimed she abandoned him eight years earlier.
Fortunately for Ms. Dowers – who has not reverted to her maiden name, and claims to still love her late husband – the courts agreed with her, and she was able to contest the “fraudulent” divorce.
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