Sisters meet for the first time together after 50 years

Posted, Friday, June 27, 2014 --- 3:37 p.m.

It took them more than 50 years but four sisters are finally together today for the first time ever.

"You never think that you have somebody that's been looking for you for years and years," says Marsha Durst, after recently being found by a sister.

For Linda Frilling the search was an uphill battle. Requesting to meet her birth mom for the last 20 years, but never having any luck.

"Who knows how much longer it could have been," says Durst.

And then this past fall Linda found out her birth mom had died, but even more shocking, her birth parents had been married and together they had three other children.

"How does someone go through a lifetime of giving up a child and never telling them that they have siblings? How do you do that?" says Durst about her parents.

Too anxious to wait for birth records, Linda turned to facebook. Hours later in Ohio, Sandi Clymer opened a facebook message that gave her goosebumps.

"I was in shock, I was in shock. How can you go 50+ years and not know you had a sister," says Clymer.

Baffled, and filled with emotion she immediately called her sister Marcia Durst.

"I said, 'Sandy, there's pictures where she looks just like you, I mean when she turns her face a certain way I was like how did she find us, how did this happen?" says Durst.

Linda soon found out she would never meet her brother, he had died right before she found them.

The news for Linda didn't end there. Sandi explained, they also had a half sister in Minnesota.

"She said she was hoping for a sister and I said be careful what you wish for because now you have three," says Mary Jane Smilanich, the woman's half sister.

50 years later the four are finally together, but say it feels like they've know each other their whole lives.

"We should have grown up together but we can't change the past," says Frilling.

The sisters say they'll never know why their parents gave Linda up or why they never told anyone about her, but they're so thankful to have her now.

"They accepted me with open arms, and so I'm very grateful," says Frilling.


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