Hundreds gather to celebrate 100th birthday of Cusseta twins

Hundreds gather to celebrate 100th birthday of Cusseta twins

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A set of Georgia twins celebrated a major milestone Saturday as they both turned 100 years old.

Mary Shipp Harrow and Martha Shipp Averett are from Cusseta, GA and their family members hosted a party at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center on Saturday.

More than 300 family members, friends and elected officials came out to the Columbus Convention and Trade Center Saturday to celebrate their lives.

The women are the oldest of eight children and have lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. Between the two of them they have 42 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren, and 14 great, great grandchildren.

Family members say that Mary and Martha have had no special diet and never suffered from any diseases.

Their 91-year-old brother about the secret to the family's longevity.

"You take care of yourself while you are young. Can't nobody do it but you. There ain't but one me. God only made one Lincoln. They are twins but, they are not alike. God has not duplicated nothing," said Lincoln Shipp.

During the birthday party letters were read from President Obama and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal congratulating the Martha and Mary on their accomplishment.

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