PA woman meets long-lost brother after almost 80 years of waiting

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A family reunion which took decades to occur.  

Social media helps a PA woman meet her brother who she hadn’t seen in more than 70 years.

An emotional reunion after nearly 80 years thanks to social media.  

87-year-old Betty of York County never got to know her brother, who was put up for adoption at just three months old.  

“I didn’t want to push it.”

Always curious to meet him, but unsure if he felt the same way. 

“Because I didn’t know whether he knew all about the family or whether he would accept… you know.”

But, all that changed a few weeks ago when her great-granddaughter, Brianna Nelson, decided to dig a little deeper.

“I said, ‘oh, I’m going to look him up,’ and she goes, ‘oh, don’t bother him,’ and I said, ‘well, I’ll at least just find out, even if that means we find out even if he’s still living.'”

Without anyone knowing, she went to Facebook asking for help. 

“He was adopted as a young boy so she is hesitant that he won’t want to meet her. I’m trying to get in touch with him. I believe he is around his late 70s.”

Dozens of people responding with helpful clues, leading her to him.  

“I figured even if they only have months, couple years whatever to finally get to be a big sister for a while, I knew that would be really rewarding for her.” 

That’s when she broke the news to Betty.  She told her, “‘he wants to meet you’ and she just lost it.”

Betty tells us, “I was worried because I’ve got a pacemaker and I thought, ‘is this thing going to be ok if I see him?’ *laughs* because I didn’t know whether I would clunk out or what.”

The day she’d been dreaming of for years finally a reality…

“There he is.”

“There’s your brother.”

“…Oh, it’s so good to see you; God Bless you.”

She says she feels like that missing puzzle piece is now in place.

“Now if I go… I know I am all right.”

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