After more than 30 years, on Monday, two sisters became a group of four sisters. For Marie Pickens, Wilhemia Pickens Tucker, Carol Johnston, and Cherry Winchester their family reunion was a long time coming.
“I said, "Ooh, they’re so short,'” laughed Wilhemia.
It all began last fall when Marie, who grew up with Wilhemia, reached out to Carol and Cherry through a letter. “I just wanted them to know that they had some sisters that they didn’t know about,” explained Marie.
However, Carol and Cherry never new they had two other sisters. Their mother took that secret to her grave. “I’m stunned now when I receive this letter because I don’t know anything about what she’s talking about,” Carol said.
A 1940's census confirmed what Marie was saying. They have the same biological father, and it was his dying wish that they meet, a wish Marie was determined to carry out.
“I want him to know that I found his daughters, we found our sisters,” said Marie. “I just pray that God’s love will be the glue that will keep us sisters bonded forever.”