90-year-old twins die hours apart on Christmas Day

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GRANITE CITY, ILLINOIS ( KTVI)- After 90 years at each others side through thick and thin, twin sisters from the Metro East died on the same day. Both passed away on Christmas Day.

Family members say the twin sisters depended on each other and stayed in the same home until their deaths.   90 -year-old Martha Dixon of Granite City was a home maker.  Her twin sister Mary Dickson was employed  by Famous-Barr in the credit department for 18 year prior to her retirement .

The sisters were born September 26th, 1924 in Bear Springs Tennessee .  “The twins  had a special  bond like no other. They fought like sisters, but loved each other like sisters,” said their granddaughter  Amy Deconcni.  ” They both died Christmas morning  2 hours and 15 minutes apart, said Mary’s daughter  Diana Hargis.

The twins married brothers. One of the brothers had to change the spelling of his last name so he could re-enlist in the military. Mary  was preceded  in death by her husband Thomas E. Dickson  and Martha was preceded  in death by her husband  William Dixon .

Family member say Mary died in her home as the  Christmas song “Santa Baby” was playing.

“She kept asking, ‘will Santa bring her a man for Christmas’ and he did he took her home to my dad ,” said Diana.

The family says although they died on Christmas , it sends  a powerful message. That the twins started their story together and they wanted to end their story  together. “For twins to go out on the same day two hours apart it’s like one had to take the steps to pass and help then other get through that.  Having them together was peaceful but broken hearted at the same time,”said Amy.


  • Visitation: Saturday , January 3, 2015 at Thomas Saksa Funeral Home, Granite City Illinois. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Funeral services will be held  at 1:30 p.m. Saturday January 3, 2015, at the funeral  home, with  Rev. Henry Crippen officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hills Cemetery, Glen Carbon.
  • Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Research and to the Lions of Illinois Foundation.




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