These identical twins celebrate 100th anniversary and share significant moments from their lives. Tweens Norma Matthews and Edith Antonczekki were born on December 23, 1921 in a town near Boston. Let’s learn together the story of their long and eventful life.
From the moment they were born, they shared all experiences together.
Margaret Shaffer, one of the twins’ neighbors, provided some information about the women and talked about how they differ from each other.
Margaret said: “Norma is very talkative, while Edie prefers to stay away, she is not so sociable. Though they together complement each other.”
When the twins were 13 years old, their father left them. So their mother was forced to find work in a shoe factory so that the family would have something to live on.
Norma says: “When my father divorced our mother, other children avoided us as if we were sick. Divorces were considered something very unacceptable.”
She and Norma dressed the same, played pranks on their teachers, and helped their mother look after their younger brother John. “It wasn’t easy for us, but we had a lot of fun,” says Edie. The woman recalled how they put on plays and puppet shows, shared secrets, closets and the same copper bed…
Norma married Charles Matthews on February 14th, 1943. Her sister married Leo three months later. The couples settled next to each other in the Boston area. They have lived there for 51 years.
Norma had three children, but unfortunately one child died at the age of 2 years. The woman was devastated. Edie also experienced a similar tragedy. One of her son’s died four years ago.
“Edie has always been by my side and I have always been by her side. Whenever I got sick, Edie somehow knew about it. She called me or ran to make sure that I was all right, ”says Norma.
Ed’s husband, Leo, died in a car accident in 1994, and Norma’s husband, Charles, died of Alzheimer’s a few months later. Saddened, the sisters decided that a change of scenery would help them heal. In 1995, they moved to Florida, where they still live under the same roof, in a mobile home park.
Now they are both in good health. Their neighbours and friends help them if it is necessary.
Norma tries to follow healthy lifestyle by cooking healthy meals like baked salmon and eggs on toast, but the sisters’ real secret to longevity is “don’t drink, don’t smoke and live a clean life to go to heaven.”
According to them, their commitment to the Christian faith helps them in choosing a life path. They chose the lifeway to forgive others and clean up their souls. The sisters confess that it is the secret of their longlivety!