“They always had an incredible connection,” Marsha Gerber recalled about her mother and her aunt, identical twin sisters who died within hours of each other last week. Helen Mae Cook and Clara Mae Mitchel were born prematurely on February 2, 1932, and weren’t expected to survive. “I think it began there,” remarked Gerber of the special bond the two Colorado women had, which family members credit for playing a pivotal role in the twins’ long lives. Indeed, the two women thrived for 83 years. Relatives said they were always close, so much so that when Clara died of a heart attack on October 13, within 12 hours Helen succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. “It’s how they would have wanted it,” Gerber said. “Helen met Clara in heaven.”
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