SIBLINGS REUNITED: Sixty Years Apart

Posted on: 5:55 am, January 13, 2013, by

After being separated for 60 years, a Davenport man has finally reunited with his sister.

All thanks to a 7-year old boy and his iPad.

Dressed up head to toe, Clifford Boyson waits patiently for the moment he’s been waiting his whole life, “I hear somebody coming.”

Clifford and his four other siblings were placed in separate foster homes in Chicago when they were little.

The moment he never thought would happen finally arrived.

After being separated for 60 years, Clifford finally got to be reunited with his only living sibling left, his sister Betty, “My heart was going 60 miles per hour. I never thought it would come true.”

Betty found the experience bring up old memories,  “He reminded me a lot of my brother Bob who I knew and he’s deceased and it was like seeing him again.”

But how they were able to find each other is a whole other story.

Clifford had tried several times to find his sister and was ready to give up but thanks to his landlord’s 7 year old son, Eddie, his dream came true.

Eddie got on his iPad and looked for Betty on Facebook and knew right away he found her, “it looked like Clifford a little bit.”

Clifford from Davenport and Betty from St. Louis; neither of them thought they had any family left.

“It just felt good cause I hadn’t known I had brothers,” Betty remarked.

Although they can’t get back the time they lost they look forward to making memories in the future.

They both agree on one thing; if it wasn’t for Eddie none of this would have been possible, “Don’t give up hope if you’re looking for someone because you’ll never know what 7 year old can do for you.”

As a reward for Eddie’s endeavor and to show their gratitude, Betty and Clifford say they have set up a bank account to help pay for his college tuition.

 Clifford plans on visiting Betty in St. Louis soon.

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