We all need connections with family. For most of us these connections come so easily they are often taken for granted. Not so for for Betty Morrell…

On February 11th 1933, Lena Pierce gave birth to her daughter Eva May, when she was only 14. At the age of 6 months, Eva was adopted by a family in New York. They changed her name to Betty Morrell. She was told that her parents were dead. When Morrell was 21, she lost her step mother and started caring for her step father who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.  One day she got some adoption papers in the mail but she ignored them.

Morrell’s step father passed away in 1960, then her aunt revealed her original name. Morrell tried to find the adoption papers, but she couldn’t find them. She started finding her siblings. She took various steps, but she felt helpless. She called Utica hospital and many other adoption agencies, but she was unable to find any information. She did not give up and tried different means to find some information, including using an agent.

Morrell raised her family after moving to Florida. In 1995, she shared her problem with her daughter Kimberley Miccio who was only 12 years old. Both of them tried to find Morrell’s Parents. Now Miccio is 35 years old. In September, 2015 Morrell got a message from a website that her sibling was trying to connect with her. It was Brad Newman, Morrell’s second cousin. He told her that she had two brothers and four sisters. Newman helped her to meet her sister Millie Hawk.

According to Morrell, when she talked to her sister on the phone, she felt like she knew her throughout her whole life. At that time, Lena Pierce was 96 years old. When Hawk handed her phone to Lena, she kept on repeating “my child Eva May”. She was incredibly emotional because of the significance of the moment.

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On January 15th , 2016 Morrell went to New York, where her mother and many other relatives were living. Her family embraced her after picking her up from Greater Binghamton Airport. According to Morrell, her continuous efforts finally paid off and she was feeling complete after meeting her siblings. It was a great day. Her mother Lena was incredibly excited.

It’s stories like this that give us hope. We all strive for connection and we need it more than ever as our lives get busier. It’s too easy to start losing the value of a close family connection in the noise of our everyday lives. With Arkiver you can keep those family connections alive and well with just a few simple clicks. Create a beautiful gallery of your life and privately share selected moments with your family and friends. 

It’s not for every moment that you live through and capture…just the moments you want to remember and look back on. Arkiver gives the power back to you by making available all the tools you need in one simple, easy to use platform. So take a step forward by looking back on the moments you love.

Logan Metcalfe
Logan is the founder and CEO of Arkiver, a company dedicated to saving life stories. He lives in Greenville, SC with his wondeful wife and two children who inspired him to create Arkiver to preserve their family photos, videos and other memories and share them privately with his family back in New Zealand.