Twins celebrate 100th birthday in upstate New York
February 7, 1998
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BRIGHTON, New York (Reuters) -- Twins Rhea Spohner and Ruth
Emblow celebrated their 100th birthday Friday, a feat experts
said happens among just one set of twins out of 100,000.
The sisters live separately in apartments in the same senior
citizens' complex, while their little sister, who is 94,
lives nearby, they said.
"We couldn't live together," Emblow told the Rochester
Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. "We're exact opposites in
But they share a fondness for chocolate and enjoy watching
figure skating on television, they told the newspaper.
Looking many years younger than their age, they said they
cook for themselves, with a little help from friends.
Statistically, only one pair of twins out of 100,000 survives
so long, said James Vaupel, a demographer at Duke University
in Durham, North Carolina.
Longevity runs in the family. The twins' mother died at age
101, their father lived to be 87 and all six of his sisters
lived to be more than 90 years old, the twins said.
Spohner and Emblow, who are fraternal twins, always have
lived in Rochester in upstate New York. The senior citizens'
complex is in a Rochester suburb. They planned to have a
birthday party at the complex Sunday.
Spohner was married in 1947 and widowed in 1976 and has no
children. Her twin sister never married.
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