Keith

By Keith

LifeBuzz Staff

Mother Is Finally Reunited Her Missing Child After 77 Years Of Heartache.

Sometimes bitter circumstances provide us with the courage we never thought we had. Humans tend to forget the power of faith, and life has a weird way of reminding us about them. Minka Disbrow was faced with a similar situation. For almost a century, she tried to find out the whereabouts of her baby girl, whom she had given up for adoption at the tender age of 17, after being raped as a teenager. She was losing all the hope and wished that she would see her. Her only connection to the child was a black and white photograph of the baby bundled up in blankets as an infant.

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“We didn't know what to do. We didn't know what to say. So when we went back, nothing was said,” said Mrs. Disbrow.

Mrs. Disbrow was a daughter of Dutch immigrants and had a tough childhood working in dairy farms. In 1928 while enjoying a summer picnic, Minka and her friend Elizabeth were assaulted and raped by three men. The girls didn’t share their stories until it was too late. Her mother and stepfather, then, decided to send her to a Lutheran home for pregnant girls. At 17, she gave birth to a blonde-haired baby and named her Betty Jane.

“We didn't know what to do. We didn't know what to say. So when we went back, nothing was said,” said Mrs. Disbrow.

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Mrs. Disbrow said, “I loved that baby so much. I wanted what was best.”

She was told she couldn't bring an infant back to the farm. Thus, she decided to put her up for adoption. Luckily, at the time, a pastor and his wife were looking to adopt a child. Though she never met the couple, she hoped a better life for Betty Jane. Over the years, Mrs. Disbrow wrote dozens of letters to the adoption agency to find out about her daughter and the agency replied faithfully with updates until there was a change in management.

Mrs. Disbrow said, “I loved that baby so much. I wanted what was best.”

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“Lord, if you would just let me see her,” Mrs Disbrow remembered praying, “I promise you I will never bother her.”

Years passed and Minka went on to marry a fruit salesman and had two children. She worked three jobs and after moving around a lot, she finally settled in the town of San Clemente, San Diego. Every year, she would think of Betty Jane on her daughter's birthday, May 22, but could hardly do anything about it.

“Lord, if you would just let me see her,” Mrs Disbrow remembered praying, “I promise you I will never bother her.”

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Things took a turn on July 2, 2006 when Minka received a phone call from a man in Alabama.

He started asking the elderly woman about her background and the worried Mrs. Disbrow refused to answer any questions. He later revealed his identity as Mrs Disbrow’s grandson and Betty Jane’s, now known as Ruth Lee, son.

Things took a turn on July 2, 2006 when Minka received a phone call from a man in Alabama.

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