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Identical twins celebrate their 100th birthday

Identical twins Ina Rodocker, who lives in Monroe, N.C., and Nina France were wished a happy 100th birthday by Willard Scott on the Today Show Wednesday. Rodocker is pictured here standing behind her sister.
Identical twins Ina Rodocker, who lives in Monroe, N.C., and Nina France were wished a happy 100th birthday by Willard Scott on the Today Show Wednesday. Rodocker is pictured here standing behind her sister. Christine Rodocker

Willard Scott’s famous Smucker’s strawberry jam jars on the Today Show featured identical twins for their 100th birthday Wednesday morning – one of whom lives in the Charlotte area.

Ina Rodocker, who is at an assisted living facility in Monroe, and Nina France hit the century mark on May 14.

The twins lived within a few miles of one another until they were 98. They only separated when Nina France’s health declined. Her son decided to move her to a nursing home in Canonsburg, Pa., so she’d be closer to him.

Christine Rodocker, Ina Rodocker’s granddaughter, said she brought her grandmother to Charlotte two years ago from West Virginia, where the twins lived most of their lives, when her memory began to worsen.

But she said her grandmother is still plenty sharp.

“She can be feisty,” she said.

Christine Rodocker said Ina and Nina have always been sisters to the bone – sisterly spats and all.

“They drive each other crazy like sisters do,” she said.

All the times they moved, they liked to buy houses that needed updating and would make the repairs themselves, she said. They did that until their late 70s. The pair also liked going to yard sales and auctions.

Christine Rodocker said the twins still talk three or four times a month on the phone, and the family hopes they can visit each other in person this year.

What’s the secret to living 100 years, you might wonder.

“I’m mighty lucky,” Ina Rodocker said.

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