New York's WBNG has the touching story of a reunion 82 years in the making. Lena Pierce gave birth to her first daughter, who she named Eva May, in 1933. But at only 14 years old, the state determined Pierce wasn't old enough to care for Eva and took the girl away after just six months with her mother. Eva was adopted and grew up an only child named Betty Morrell. "There was a lot of times I worried about her and wondered where she was,” Pierce tells WBNG. Morrell's adoptive parents died when she was in her early 20s, and she began a decades-long search for her birth mother.
An aunt accidentally gave Morrell two important clues—she was born in Utica and was originally named Eva—that set her on the right path, and she was eventually able to track down Pierce, now 96. The two reunited for the first time in 82 years last month at the Binghamton airport in New York. Pierce and Morrell hugged and spent the day together. They say they plan on picking up where they left off back in 1933. “I’m not alone anymore,” Morrell tells WBNG. “I have my mother, and I have sisters and brothers. It’s surreal but so wonderful to be together again after all this time.” Read the full story here. (Read more uplifting news stories.)