DENVER — The pair began life on the same day. They ended it 83 years later. Again, on the same day.
Identical twins Helen Mae Cook and Clara Mae Mitchel passed away within 12 hours of one another Tuesday.
Ever since they were born Feb. 2, 1932, in Fort Lupton, Colo., the sisters shared a special bond, family members said.
“They were born prematurely and weren’t expected to make it,” said Marsha Gerber, Helen’s daughter. “They always had an incredible connection. I think it began there.”
It’s that strong connection that their family believes kept them close for 83 years, until their final day on earth.
Around 4:30 Tuesday morning, Clara passed away from a heart attack at a hospital in Littleton. Later that evening, Helen died after a six-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Family members say identical twins Helen Mae Cook and Clara Mae Mitchel had a unique bond their entire life. They were born in 1932 and stayed close until their very last day of life.