A woman in Lochbuie who has been looking for her sisters for decades finally met them thanks to DNA technology and years of persistence.
“I want a new sisterhood,” Mara Hall, 65, told 9NEWS. “I’ve never had sisters or brothers, so this is really exciting for me. Who would know 65 years later that I would find them? Or that they would find me?”
Hall realized she may have two siblings when she was able to get access to her birth certificate in the early 1990s.
She placed her information on ancestry websites years later, hoping she would find the answers she was looking for.
She later received a phone call this past March.
“A woman said, ‘don’t hang up, but I think I’m your sister,’” Hall recalled. “Then she told me, ‘you have four sisters: Two older and two younger!’ I was like, wow! I got a bonus! I got two more!”
All of the siblings reunited in Colorado a month later, along with the niece who submitted the DNA that made this family reunion happen.
Everyone except for Mara lives in Texas.
“We gave up so long ago, and just completely forgot about it and thought that she’s probably not even looking for us,” the youngest sister, Carla Watson, said. “I think that [our mom] would be relieved that all her girls are together, and that we know her life was hard, and that it’s okay and we forgive her.”
“They’re part of my new life. It’s a new journey,” Hall said. “I’m just so ready for [a] family that I can call my own.”
This is not the only instance where family members have been reunited after spending decades apart.
A Denver, Colorado, woman who was separated from her sister more than 40 years ago reunited with her sister in February 2019.
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