‘I looked for 30 years’ – Woman meets daughter 52 years after giving her up for adoption
The Majic Message
Imagine looking for someone for 30 years, knowing that person is out there, but not being able to find her. That’s what happened to Joy Sherer. The last time Joy saw her daughter, Maryann, was when she placed her in the arms of a nun at an orphanage. Joy’s husband died while she was pregnant with Maryann. At the time, she felt like she was doing the right thing by giving her up for adoption, but when asked if she would do it all over again she said, “definitely not”. They both actually searched for each other for over 30 years, and last week at Orlando International Airport, the two reunited in a magical reunion. Now they talk every day and are good friends. Maryann has a message for all the children out here that are hesitant to find their birth parents: “know that there can be a very happy ending.” Enjoy the story.
A Florida woman waited a lifetime to meet the daughter she last saw when she placed her in the arms of a nun at an orphanage.
“We have not seen each other for 52 years. The last time I saw her she was just a little bitty baby,” said Joy Sherer.
Sherer said she was pregnant and a young mother of two when her husband suddenly died in 1966. After her baby was born, she tried to keep her but realized it would be better to give her up for adoption.
“I felt that I was doing the right thing at that time. Would I do it over again? Definitely not,” she said.
Her daughter, Maryann, was eventually adopted after spending 11 months in an orphanage.
The two have been searching for each other for 30 years. This week, they met in person for the first time at the Orlando International Airport.
“Oh my god!!! I looked for her for 30 years. I really did 30 years..It’s not easy. Oh honey, don’t cry, don’t cry, it’s all right, don’t cry.”
Joy and Maryann say they’ve talked every day since their first phone conversation.
“She answers my questions and my sentences. I answer her sentences. We’re just so much alike..Very much alike, very much alike. We like the same thing,” Maryann said.
Maryann told WESH that she’s had a good life and is happily married with two children of her own.
“If it wasn’t for her [Joy’s] selflessness I wouldn’t have all that so I absolutely have no anger at all.”
Maryann also had a message for those searching for their birth parents: know that there can be a very happy ending.