Georgia twins celebrate 100th birthday

COLUMBUS Ga. (WJHL) – A pair of local twins are celebrating the century mark. Hundreds of people came together to celebrate Martha Averett and Mary Harrow’s 100th birthday.

Not only were the twins celebrated locally, but they received birthday wishes from First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Nathan Deal, the Secretary of State and the House of Representatives.

It was a day of singing, scripture reading and family fun. Gerri Jones credits divine power for keeping her mother in her life.

“I’m blessed and I’m honored to have an aunt and a mother who has turned 100 years old. It’s a blessing and we know that it’s by the grace of God that they are still here with us today,” said Jones.

Columbus city councilor and family friend Bruce Huff was elated to see the twins taking part in their birthday festivities.

“It’s wonderful to know that they both are here, they both are in their right mind and both are still moving along well to be 100 years old,” said Huff.

So what’s their secret of staying so young? Jones believes it’s the love of family.

“They keep up with everything that’s going on, they’re very coherent and they can hold conversations with us. The fact that they have so much family that supports them and helps to take care of them has helped them to reach this rightful age of 100,” said Jones.

Huff says the twins have been influential and involved with young people throughout their lifetime.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has also declared July 2nd as Mrs. Mary Shipp Harrow Day and Mrs. Martha Averett Day.

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