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Half-sisters ages 85 and 94 meet for the first time

By Michelle Kapusta,

Two long-lost siblings in Oklahoma, aged 85 and 94, finally met one another for the first time on Monday.

KOTV reported that 85-year-old Zelda Gates and 94-year-old Reta Knight never knew the other existed until the family read their father’s will. Family members then tried to track down Knight using genealogy resources online.

Gates said that she was shocked to learn that she had an older sister.

Knight was also surprised by the news. Her father left before she got to know him and her mother never said why.

"I just wondered what he was like and wondered how come he never tried to find mother or mother try to find him," Knight said. "I don't know what the connection was, or what happened between them. I often wondered but I didn't know, and when I asked mother she was rather evasive, so I didn't push it."

The Associated Press noted that Gates gushed about her meeting with her sister and said it was “wonderful.”

The two live about 250 miles apart, but they are already planning their next visit.

 
 

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