Two of the many things my wife loves are movies and stories about people finding long-lost family members.
Tomorrow’s column is about two sisters, Marsha Brandenburg Doodigian and Millie Turner Gay, who were reunited last week after 63 years.
My wife demanded I ask them if they’d sung the song from ‘White Christmas’ – ‘Sisters” – because she said most sisters she knows can and occasionally do sing it.
For the record, Marsha and Millie didn’t know the song. They promised to watch the movie, though, to hear it.
The kicker to their story was that, all her life, Marsha never knew she had a sister. Millie was eight when she held her infant sister – then both her mother and Marsha disappeared from her life. Millie never stopped looking for Marsha, and found her after reading an obituary of Marsha’s half-brother.
That was two years ago. The two had corresponded and talked by telephone, but until last week had been unable to get together. Now Millie, who lives in Ohio, is spending the month with Marsha in her Dupont home.
Their story is a bit wilder than most. Their mother, it turns out, had 12 children with four men.
Marsha, 63. didn’t know about any of them, but now knows she had 11 half brothers and sisters, three of whom are still alive. Millie, 71, has spent the past week showing pictures and telling stories.
Read about them all tomorrow, and be prepared to smile. No, they don’t sing ‘Sisters,’ but their story is a good one, none-the-less.