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MOUNT HOLLY, NC (WBTV) - Peggy Loury's 66th birthday is this week, but she got the best present a few days early. A reunion with her long-lost brother and sister.
Back in the 1940's, all seven siblings lived at a children's home in Ohio. Two of the girls, including Loury, were adopted by different families and moved away.
Loury had no idea her surviving brother and sister spent years searching for them. She had tried to find them, too, but to no avail.
Decades passed until her sister, Geneva Webb, made a phone call.
"I got so excited," said Loury. "I didn't know hardly what to say."
They met at Webb's home in Mount Holly Saturday. The sisters also discovered they live less than an hour apart. Loury lives in Mooresville.
Their brother, Lloyd Kennedy, got emotional talking about the passage of time.
"It's been 62 years, and it's way too long," he said, getting teary.
Kennedy stayed in Ohio and raised his family there. He flew down to be with his sisters this weekend. He said they tracked names found in a family Bible, but his daughter-in-law put the pieces together.
"I looked in newspapers, looked in courthouses and just went every place trying to find them," he said.
They are still looking for the second adopted sister, named Marilyn.