Twins Audrey Mustow and Betty Carter, longtime Middle Tennesseans, recently celebrated their 95th birthday together.
Mustow and Carter were born to Herbert and Edna Frow in England on Aug. 30, 1926. When their Herbert learned he had two more girls he and Edna already had one daughter — he passed out. His expectation was for a huge boy.
Unfortunately, their father died in an accident when the twins were 11 years old. During World War II, the sisters knitted socks for the soldiers. Hull, the city where they lived, was heavily bombed, and the family spent many nights in a bomb shelter.
Audrey met her future husband, Derek Mustow, at Newbold College, a Seventh-day Adventist school in England. Upon his graduation, he was a singing evangelist in England, Scotland and Ireland. A skilled pianist and organist, Audrey was a valuable part of the ministerial team.
The Mustows eventually moved to Canada, and then to Nashville, to work at the denomination’s Southern Publishing Association. Later they moved to southern California where the couple continued to work for the church.
In time they returned to the Nashville area, along with their two married daughters and their spouses — Alison and Kevin Blankenship and Margaret and Ray Farrar.
Derek spent 53 years in the ministry, passing away in 2003.
Audrey resides in an independent living facility in Clarksville, not far from where Alison and Kevin live. She leads a morning prayer group and plays the organ there.
She has two grandsons, Jeremy and Jason, and four grandchildren.
Betty married Herbert “Bert” Carter, who was from Wales. At 14, he moved to Watford, England, and began as an apprentice at the Adventist Stanborough Press.
The four Frow ladies also moved to Watford and worked at the Granose Food Factory. Eventually the couple met and married.
They were members of a large church choir in London and both continued to use their musical talents through the years wherever they lived. They later ran a garden nursery/landscaping business at Cornwall where their two children, Julie and Nigel, grew up.
The couple came to Tennessee to work at the publishing house where Derek was employed. When it closed, they moved to Canada where Bert was foreman of the Maracle Press bindery. After retiring, they spent eight months in Russia where Bert helped set up the printing presses at the newly established Zaoksky Adventist University. They lived very primitively there, Betty reflects, but they loved the experience and made many friends.
The Carters moved to Ridgetop, and continued to share their talents at the Ridgetop church and school. Betty also was a pianist for other churches on Sunday, making many more friends.
Bert passed away in 2014, and Betty now lives in Greenbrier with her daughter and son-in-law, Tony Estella. Nigel returned to England and lives in Cornwall where he grew up. He comes back to the states to visit his family, and they Skype regularly. Betty has three grandchildren — Kate, Cariad, and Tony, and two great-grandchildren.
She still knits; many families have been gifted with her hand-knitted baby blankets. Other blankets have been sent to Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital for cancer patients and more recently to Sarah Cannon Cancer Center.
The nonagenarians Skype each other every day at 6 p.m. They both have had serious health problems and despite lost their spouses, they keep a positive attitude, always put God first, and maintain their trust in Him.