Tulsa: A woman in her 80s met her 94-year-old half-sister over the Memorial Day weekend — the first time the siblings had ever set eyes on each other. 85-year-old Zelda Gates didn’t even know she had a half-sister until she read her father’s will.
“It was a shock. My brothers and I looked at each other,” Gates said.
On Monday, Gates finally met Reta Knight, her older half-sister, in Jenks, about 12 miles south of Tulsa. Knight says her father left her and her mother and she always wondered why.
In the time after Knight’s father left, he met Gates’ mother and had Zelda.
“I just wondered what he was like and wondered how come he never tried to find mother or she tried to find him,” Knight said.
“I don’t know what the connection was, or what happened between them.
I wondered but I didn’t know, and when I asked mother she was rather evasive, so I didn’t push it.”