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One of world's oldest twins dies just months after losing her sister

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

By Paul Turner / paul.turner@swwmedia.co.uk / @readmybook

Twins Lily Millward and Ena Pugh (right). They were among the world's oldest twins but Lily has now died aged 104 just three months after the death of her sister.

Twins Lily Millward and Ena Pugh (right). They were among the world's oldest twins but Lily has now died aged 104 just three months after the death of her sister.

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ONE of the world's oldest twins has died after never getting over the heartbreak of losing her sister just three months ago.

Devoted Lily Millward, 104, died of pneumonia just 12 weeks after her identical twin Ena Pugh passed away,

The twins were so close - and still met up for weekly shopping sessions after their 100th birthdays.

Lily's daughter Diana Powell, 68, said: "They were very close and used to speak on the phone every day.

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"Losing Ena upset my mum and I know she felt a bit lonely without her twin."

The farmer's daughters were born together on January 4, 1910, before the outbreak of World War 1 when Queen Victoria's son Edward VII was king.

The fun-loving sisters from Brecon were named the world's oldest twins in 2010 when they were 100.

Up until last year they lived in their own houses and met up for weekly shopping sessions and a cup of tea at their favourite cafe.

They put their long lives down to "laughter and having a joke with each other".

But Ena died just two days after their 104th birthday - and sad Lily was unable to attend the funeral because she was in hospital at the time.

Mrs Powell said: "My mother was still living independently in her own home before being admitted to hospital 10 days before she died.

"I know she thought a lot about Ena over the last few months but she was quite strong and would keep it to herself."

The twins made headlines across the world in 2010 when they were named in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest living twins.

But they lost their record just a short time later when Scottish sisters Edith Ritchie and Evelyn Middleton came forward - and were found to be two months older.

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