Sisters Reunited After 60 Years Apart
LAKE CITY - One family is celebrating thanksgiving in the month of May. It's a reunion that took six decades to happen. Four sisters reunite in North Central Florida, after years of being apart.
This is the heartwarming story of four women originally from South Florida, who were separated during childhood. Sunday was the first time all four gathered in about 60 years. And it all happened with the help of technology and some wishful thinking.
It was a miracle waiting to happen, waiting to happen for 60 years. "This is just a miracle. This was a miracle, downright miracle because Faye and all of us have paid for detectives, investigators, searching people to find each of us-- and never could," said one of the sisters, Mary Jo McBey.
It was 1953 in Miami, Florida when these four young girls were separated; Mary Jo McBey, Patty Cooper, Betty Obusek and Faye Davis. That was the year their mother passed away and their father decided he couldn't raise them on his own, so he put them up for adoption.
"We basically didn't have much of childhood because once you're geographically and emotionally separated, it's like until you get back together again-- we'll be sisters forver, but our get-together this reunion… being reunited today is like a building block foundation for all of us," said Faye Davis one of the sisters.
They all went to different places, only the twins, Betty Obusek and Patty Cooper were sent to the same home. The daughter of one of the sisters-- Mary Jo McBey used PeopleSmart.com to find the phone number for cooper, one of the twins-- and from there everything started coming together."
"It was very emotional for me to know-- cause I always knew my mother had sisters but I never knew them… and i knew there were several of them," said Wendy Corrow, McBey’s daughter.
After a lot of planning and flight trips getting booked-- the sisters reunited here in Lake City at the house of a close cousin, Jean Moser. "And I am so thankful that they're here today, it's such a joy to have them and it's such a joy to see them together," Moser said.
They decided to share this moment by having a Thanksgiving gathering in May. The month of May marks two years since Obusek's husband, lost his battle to cancer. His last words to her were that she would never be alone and he was exactly right. "I want to tell you one thing… before I leave, I want to tell you that I love you and you'll never be alone. When you need someone just lift your hand up to heaven and i'll reach down and touch yours," Obusek said.
Unfortunately six weeks later Obusek's son also passed away when he had a heart attack while driving. "Everytime there's a death… there is always a new life," Patty Cooper, Obusek’s twin said. And this reunion has given them all new life.
This bunch got matching charm bracelets that have the words "sisters always" engraved on them. They say they're not planning to take those off or lose sight of each other ever again.
Betty Obusek passed away June 8th. While her family is distraught with the loss, they are grateful to have gathered one last time before her passing.
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