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One of the world’s oldest twins has died aged 104

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One of the world’s oldest twins has died in Ellon aged 104.

Edith Ritchie passed away at the town’s Bonnyton House, where her sister Evelyn Middleton is also resident, on Friday.

The twins, whose maiden name is Rennie, were born on November 15, 1909, when King Edward V11 was on the throne.

They were brought up near Foveran where their father was a farm worker and later went to school at Barthol Chapel and Udny Green.

From the age of 13 the twins worked on local farms until they married.

Mrs Ritchie married her late husband Nathaniel in 1929 and had a family of four. They had nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and Mrs Ritchie was also a great-great grandmother. Mr Ritchie died in 1987.

The twins’ mother Mary lived to the age of 101.

The sisters, affectionately know as Ellon’s ‘grand old ladies’ have always been close, living within 40 to 50 miles of each other, and in Bonnyton spent most of their time together in the same corner of the sitting room.

Relatives and friends visited them in the care home last November for a small celebration to mark their 104th birthday.

In February, 2012, the sisters were officially named the world’s oldest living twins.

Mrs Ritchie’s funeral will be held tomorrow (Friday) at St Mary-on-the-Rock in Ellon at 11am.

Donations for Cancer Research can made at the door.

 

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