Stockton Thanksgiving gathering is truly special

5:23 PM, Nov 25, 2010   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA - When the children of Betty Wilson gathered for Thanksgiving in Stockton, it was the first time they'd been together for a holiday in more than 40 years.

Wilson lived in the Bay Area when she died.  Shortly after, her several young children were sent to live with different relatives.

Though four of them kept in touch through the years, a fifth was only recently located through Facebook. The siblings fought back tears while hugging and posing for photos at a north Stockton home.

"It was something I thought would never happen.  I'm trying to keep from crying," said Kevin Brumfield of Los Angeles.  "There's been a serious hole in my heart.   I knew I had brothers and sisters out there, but when you don't see them or talk to them, it's wild."

Sister Beverly Littlefield lives in Stockton.  "It's been crazy, I thought about them every day.  I prayed every day we'd find Evette and we did," she said.

Now the family prayers are focused on the youngest sibling who's never been located.   His name is Antoine, and he'd be 41 years old.

Perhaps next Thanksgiving, the family holiday dinner will have even more participants.




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