The Naples Monitor (Naples, Tex.), Vol. 126, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 10, 2012 Page: 2 of 10
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The Monitor Naples, Texas 75568-0039 Thursday, May 10, 2012 Page 2
It could be a record
Twins celebrate 96th birthday
By Neil Abeles
The Causey twins of Omaha
celebrated their 96th birthday
Saturday, April 28.
A calm and content occasion,
even as the twins are themselves.
lone Causey Derrick and Irene
Causey Hammonds smiled at
each other at the same time, sang
church songs with resonant, iden-
tical voices and answered ques-
tions with certainty and agree-
They sparkled in their new,
just-alike, black dresses with sil-
Each had a real orchid corsage
which looked not a bit out of place
close to their chins.
Son, daughters, sister, grand-
children and great-grands en-
joyed the day, too. This entire
family loves to get along.
"We were happy," lone said
about growing up around Cen-
terpoint almost a century ago.
With that certitude mentioned,
she added, "Happier than people
The Causey twins were two of
the five girls born to Littie Mae
Tucker Causey and Robert Mon-
roe Causey. Their sisters were
Clarice now deceased and Alice
who died one year ago. Arm
Gibson, the youngest daughter,
now lives in Wiley.
The Causeys had girls. At one
time, Mamma Causey had four
girls under the age of five.
Dad called the girls "his boys,"
the twins enjoy telling. That
means they worked, in the field
and in the house, and dad deeply
The entire Causey family
worked. It was said they were the
best family cooks in town. Here's
the way the twins describe it.
"We never knew who or how
many were going to show up for
Sunday dinner after church at
Mt. Moriah," they remembered.
"The preacher would always be
there. The door was always open.
Our house was a gathering place."
"Sometimes the whole family
would come and that would be a
lot of us. The house was small, so
all of us children had to play out-
doors. But we had so much food.
Always four or five kinds of meat."
The twins looked alike but were
a bit different. They couldn't ex-
actly pass for one another, but
once a boyfriend of one did come
and sit down beside the wrong
twin at church without knowing
Irene was the big tease. She
played off lone. They still do to-
They were always around each
other. "You go looking and find
one ... you found the other," said
Irene's son, Robert Hammonds.
Their best reputation was for
singing. They were good. Several
times they sang on the radio sta-
tion in Mt. Pleasant.
On Sundays, the two might
sing for hours that afternoon and
then continue in the evening by
lantern light acting out plays on
the front porch, especially Irene
and her mother.
Entertainment was scarce in
those days. Mostly, life was work.
That s why Irene and lone don't
mention "events" or unusual
times in their lives as twins There
was just too much to do. Life was
not a game.
"I am amazed at what they
could accomplish in a day," said
Ione's daughter Mary Beth Wil-
son. "Cooking, canning, garden-
ing, washing, ironing. I remem-
ber as a child the two spending
every Monday all day at the
washerteria, then bringing home
the clothes wet for us to hang
The twins simply fit in with
life. They played corn cob fights
with the boys and dolls with the
But their mother always
dressed them alike, and that was
most evident on birthday Sun-
days at the Mt. Moriah Baptist
"The two would be dressed to-
gether and then go down to the
front of the church to put a bit of
money in the collection basket for
each year of age they were. They
certainly stood out then," said
Marianne, Robert's wife who en-
joys every moment of learning
something about the twins.
Today, each one lives alone.
Irene lives in Omaha in a very
well kept and attractive brick
home and lone resides out on the
family farm place, four miles
north of Omaha. They prefer in-
Irene married Harlan "Holly"
Hammonds in 1934 and had chil-
dren Robert and Rena. She has
three grand and three great-
lone married Lewis Derrick in
1935 and had four children. Larry
Derrick of Omaha, Mary Beth
Wilson, Linda Burke and Virginia
who died early at four. She has
six grandchildren and 12 great-
On their birthday and in their
new dresses, the twins and fam-
ily went to a Cracker Barrel din-
ner in Texarkana. Nothing fancy.
But one can be assured the twins
got along and enjoyed every
minute of the day.
And so did the family. This is
one happy group.
The twins may be the eldest
set of twins in all of East Texas ...
maybe Texas. That would be dif-
ficult to determine
But one might guess with more
certainty that they are the most
pleasant and heartiest set this
age. They are still teasing and
Just ask them to sing a song.
When they do, everyone else need
not join in.
Just listen to the Causey twins
Twins double their pleasure and fun
It's not too late to say happy birthday to the Causey twins on their 96th. That's Irene Causey, left, and lone
Causey, now Hammonds and Derrick. They celebrated the event on April 28. Notice the twin's orchid corsages
and identical new dresses. Irene Hammonds, left, and lone Derrick are two of the most pleasant 96-year-old
twins one will meet. If one is tickled, so laughs the other. Remember the old radio and television Doublemint
gum commercial about "Double your pleasure — double your fun — with Doublemint Gum"? The ads always
featured some twins and these two ladies could have probably starred in the commercials. Seems they were
always doubling their pleasure and doubling their fun — with or without some Doublemint chewing gum.
Getting ready to go out and celebrate the twins' 96th birthday in April were, from left, Marianne and Robert
Hammonds, a sister Annie Mae Causey Gibson, Irene Causey Hammonds, lone Causey Derrick, Mary Beth
Wilson and Betty Ann Phillips. The birthday celebration group had gathered at Irene's home in Omaha, and
the twins posed for a photo on the front porch of the home as they waited for the others to make the trip.
The good ol' days
The Causeys of Omaha were distinguished as being good cooks and
having a set of helpful twins. That's twin Irene, left in front, lone at
right, with Clara and Alice in the middle and parents Robert and Littie.
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