82-year-old woman finds her 96-year-old birth mother after searching for decades


Social welfare officials took the baby away because the mom, then 13, was herself a ward of the state.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.pennlive.com

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching.

 

And as a bonus, she has forged a close friendship with a sister she never knew she had.

 

"After my adoptive parents died, that’s when I started looking," Betty Morrell said Thursday by phone from her home in Spring Hill, Fla. "Being that it was a closed adoption, it’s like hitting a brick wall because you can’t get any information."

 

Morrell was born in 1933 in the central New York town of Utica to Lena Pierce, who named her Eva May. Social welfare officials took the baby away because Pierce, then 13, was herself a ward of the state. Eva May was adopted by a family on Long Island and grew up as Betty Morrell, an only child.

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