EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSISTERS REUNITED
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Three Sisters Reunited After 60 Years
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Jan. 15, 2012 6:48 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 16, 2012 1:37 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Two sisters, Mariann Gilman and Barbara Jackson have been determined to find their other sister for the past six decades.
It hasn't been easy for the sisters throughout the years. Their sister, Michelle Johnson was separated from them and put up for adoption when she was just three months old--that's the last time they saw her face.
After years of searching down different roads and always running into road blocks, the youngest of the three (Mariann) resorted to the power of social networking. Armed with her lost sister's birth certificate, she found Michelle on Facebook.
"I saw a picture of sis's grandson and I thought oh gosh...there's no doubt...she looks a lot like sis's granddaughters," said Mariann Gilman.
At the Amtrak Train Station in Charleston, it was finally time to meet their sister coming in from Texas.
"The first thing we're going to do is hug and kiss her...I hope we don't crush her," shouted sister, Barbara Johnson while she waited at the station. "A lot of years have passed...and we have a lot of making up to do."
60 years of trying led to a moment of hugs and cries.
"This is just a remarkable, remarkable time! God and his timing and his graces is just wonderful," said Michelle Johnson.
The women are left to catch-up on life after six decades without each other. For Michelle, she says her life is now complete. "It fit the story that my adoptive mother told me since I was three years old. All the pieces fit. It was never oh I'm not sure. I was absolutely sure because all the jigsaw pieces fit," explained Johnson.
Now the puzzle is complete. Three sisters together, with a bond that no matter the time or distance...can't be broken.
"I could never explain the bond of sisterhood to anyone. It's something I guess that's genetic in every woman," said Johnson.
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