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97-Year-Old Twins Who Died Together Remembered as Inspiring

Jean Young Haley and Martha Young Williams died in freezing temperatures after falling outside one of their homes

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    97-Year-Old Twins Who Died Together Remembered as Inspiring
    Haley family via AP
    Martha Williams, left, and twin sister Jean Haley, right, died at age 97 on March 4, 2017 after falling outside Jean's home in Barrington, Rhode Island and freezing. The photos above depict the twins at approximately age 25.

    The family of 97-year-old twin sisters who died in freezing temperatures after falling outside one of their homes says the two lived with charm, grace, kindness and style.

    Police say Jean Young Haley and Martha Young Williams died after they fell outside Haley's house in Barrington on Friday and became stranded in the frigid cold. A neighbor found them Saturday morning.

    Overnight temperatures in the area dropped to as low as 11 degrees, with wind chills as low as minus 8.

    Their family issued a statement Monday thanking people who have extended condolences and recalling the pair as an inspiration with a great passion for life.

    Police have said it appears Williams fell in the driveway, and Haley fell as she tried to go call for help.

    The sisters frequented Eats Restaurant in Seekonk, Massachusetts, several times a week, owner George Mihailides recalled Monday.

    Mihailides said seeing the sisters always made him smile. He often asked them about the secret to a long life and he thinks their upbeat attitude was key.

    "They were extraordinary," he said. "A real class act."

    One of Haley's longtime neighbors also described her as upbeat and said she always looked forward to dinner dates with family and friends. Haley lived along the Providence River waterfront in Barrington for more than 60 years.

    The twins had returned to Haley's home from dinner Friday night with their 89-year-old sister. The younger sister left the twins at some point before they fell, police said.

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