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Sisters found dead on couch were 'saved the Sunday before'

Jul 8, 2010 9:30:00 AM - thestate.com
By Sunday afternoon, after days of being unable to reach her mother by telephone, Jill Patterson was worried.

Gail Patterson, 51, had moved from North Carolina to Lancaster a few weeks ago to help her sister, Peggy Small, through a rough stretch.

The sisters survived in Small's little house on two disability checks, Jill Patterson said. Gail had scoliosis and a knee replacement. Peggy, 55, had survived a heart bypass and a double mastectomy after breast cancer.

"Nobody had talked to them," Jill Patterson said. "I was worried, so I drove down to check on Momma and Aunt Peggy.

"Both of them had got saved the Sunday before at Antioch Baptist Church. Momma was so excited."

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