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Her name was Grace

She lived next door on Valentine Street in a little cottage held together by love and a stoic insistence on cleanliness and hard work. A simple housedress and starched apron was her daily presentation. Her face was framed with hair that was practical: short and straight with bangs.

Adopted child meets half sibling for the first time in Valentine
Adopted child meets half sibling for the first time in Valentine

Adopted child meets half sibling for the first time in Valentine

This story ends with a happy reunion, but began in the early 1940s with the birth of a baby girl named Mary to her parents, George and Alma Vassos. Mary’s Greek father didn’t believe she was his daughter and was literally poisoning her. They lived on a farm in rural North Platte and the only neighbors were a family with some boys two farms west of town. At 12 years old Mary became pregnant and went off to live with her Aunt Helen Stearns.

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