A Family Found: An Adoption Story

By: Tessa Darlington
By: Tessa Darlington

Maybe you talk to your sister on the phone everyday or even get lunch with a brother on Tuesdays. They may seem like small parts of life, but what if they were taken away?

For a woman in our area, she never even had those opportunities until now.

Let's take a break from talking about all the job losses and violence and enjoy this... proof that miracles really do happen.

Margaret Evans knew she should have looked at the user's manual to her new camera. You see, if there was ever a time she needed to capture a moment, it was now.

“I'm meeting my sister, Pam, for the first time, and my brother's son, Justin,” Margaret said.

This first meeting is the end of a very long, dedicated road for Margaret. She was born in Rhode Island and adopted eight days later. Margaret now lives in Rehoboth and has spent years trying to find information about her biological family. Last year she got a little help from the government and an angel.

“Eventually last year Rhode Island decided to turn over adoption birth certificates to the adoptees over 25, and I applied for it, and I received it July the fifth,” Margaret said.

“My friend, Angel Fisher from Ozark, she did census records. Just this year the 1940 census came out. We looked at the 1930 census, we called libraries, city halls, one thing after another until we found them,” Margaret said.

At approximately 2:10 p.m. on August 30th, Margaret's wait was finally over. She finally met and hugged her biological sister, Pam Littlefield, and her biological nephew, Justin Peterson, at the North Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City.

We should point out Margaret’s parents married two years after she was born. They had a son, Tom, and a daughter, Pam. Margaret was meeting her full sister and nephew.

“I always wanted a sister. I did, I always wanted one my whole life. I did, and now I have one,” Pam cried.

While Pam finally got that sister she wished for, sadly Margaret’s brother, tom, would never get the chance to meet her… but not because he didn't try.

“My dad knew he had a sister out there, and before he passed away it was one of his things he wanted to do was meet his sister, and he couldn't be here today because he's gone,” Justin said.

“He revealed that he was actually searching for her, and I thought ‘oh my God, how incredible,’ and he really went all out to try and find her before he died,” Pam said.

So with a handful of tissues and a new sister and nephew, Margaret took her family home to Rehobeth for the next week and half. Their plans? To do the things sisters and families do. Catch up, play cards, and just enjoy being together.

We're glad Margaret figured out how to use that camera because we're sure she's going to have plenty of magical moments to capture.

Margaret's sister, Pam, lives in New Mexico, and her nephew, Justin, is in New Jersey. They said they plan on coming back to visit for Margaret’s birthday.

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