Melva and Darlene's Reunion by Bill Woodward

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Posted: 4/14/2010
Note: Names, Identifying informaiton and details may have been altered to protect personal identities.

/images/stories.asp?i=20110523211925.0.jpgForty Seven years ago when my wife Melva and I married, she had 3 young boys the oldest was just five. Melva also told me a story about how she had gotten pregnant at the young age of 15 in Oregon, because what happened next still breaks her heart.

Her parents took her to San Diego, California, without telling her the reason for the trip. They dropped her at a home for unwed mothers and then left, not to be seen or heard from again until the day after her baby girl was born.

They came to get Melva to take her back to Oregon, only giving her one minute to look through window at her baby girl for the last time. Her folks were very poor and forbid her from keeping the baby even though she didn't want to leave without her.

After we were married we tried to locate her daughter, but at that time finding her baby was very hard and cost us a considerable amount of money with no results.

I had never seen a computer until my daughter gave me one when I was in my fifties about 19 years ago. Even though I learned to use and repair computers, I still could not find Melva's daughter for her even though I tried.

Melva and I are both 69 years old now, and last year we watched a TV show called 'The Locator' hosted by Troy Dunn. Even though it had been 53 years since the birth of Melva's daughter, we still had hope she could be found. I talked my wife into dictating a letter for me to send to Troy as she won't use a computer. I sent the E-mail letter to Troy's web site and got a letter back saying they were considering it for a show but not to get our hopes too high as they get so many requests and can't select them all.

After not hearing from them for a month I got up at 1 AM and wrote another letter with a lot of information about where baby was born and more. I sent it off to Troy again not telling my wife as I didn't want to see her disappointed again.

About four days later Melva was sitting in her chair in the family room when the phone rang and when she answered, Susan who works with Troy, told her they had found her daughter in San Diego, and she had been looking for her mother too by registering on a registry. It took Melva a while to figure out what was going on as I never told her about my letter, and then the tears came.

After Darlene and Melva talked on the phone several times (long calls), we told all the family. Our 3 boys and the 2 girls who were born after we married. We sent Darlene a plane ticket to come to Bandon, Or.

The 2 girls came from Arizona, 1 came from Florida with our grandson and great grandson, and the boys from Portland, OR. When we met Darlene at the airport I could not believe what I was seeing, I've been trying to find Susan's e-mail address so I could send her the picture I'm sure she would be quite surprised.

My wife says it was meant to be when I decided to send another e-mail at 1 o'clock in the morning without telling her. We will never be able to thank Susan for saying she had decided to take a look and see to see if she could find anything, and the rest is all one great reunion that lasted a week and still goes on and on.

No one ever knew, not even our children or her younger brother and sister. Everyone knows Darlene now because we just consider her a part of our family.

We will never forget what Susan has done for our family, and the great work she does, it would never have come true without her.

Bill
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