Ken was one of nine children of Patrick William Jubb and wife Mary Alice (nee Finlayson). (The Age)

There’s no determiner like ‘his’ in front of ‘wife.’ Did the paper miss it or is it a possible expression?

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    There's nothing wrong with it as written. The more verbose way to express it would be "...and the wife of Mary Alice." Either one is considered acceptable. – J.R. May 6 '13 at 3:24
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    @J.R.: If there were to be a "determiner" in OP's example, it would be his wife (i.e. - Patrick William Jubb's, not Ken's). Note the original doesn't say wife of, and Ken certainly couldn't be a "wife of Mary", given these are both gender-specific names. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica May 6 '13 at 13:54
  • @Fumble: Yes, you are right, I misread that. – J.R. May 7 '13 at 2:08

Here Patrick and Mary are coupled, as the children are both of theirs. This is also not a common phrase we use in day-to-day speech but part of a specific tradition of writing obituaries.

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