Sisters meet after six decades

2015-09-23 06:00
andlt;?Joy Strydom (left) and Jenny Horton at the airport after meeting each other for the first time.

andlt;?Joy Strydom (left) and Jenny Horton at the airport after meeting each other for the first time. Photo: SUPPLIED

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

SIXTY years after learning she was adopted and almost 14 years of searching for her biological family, a Port Elizabeth woman, has finally managed to meet her only surviving sibling, a half-sister.

The meeting took place over this past weekend when, Joy Strydom finally got to meet her half-sister Jenny Horton, whom she welcomed at the Port Elizabeth Airport with family in attendance.

And after a weekend of getting to know each other, both feel as if they have never been apart.

Joy (68) was adopted as a 17-day-old baby in Johannesburg in 1947. She knew that she was adopted since the age of five.

“I grew up with the most amazing family and never felt I had any reason to look for my biological mother,” said Joy.

“My adopted mother told me from a very young age, why my biological mother couldn’t raise me.” This made her understand the situation, and appreciate her adopted family even more.

“My adopted mother died on October 31 in 2001, and thereafter I decided to start looking for my biological mother,” said Joy who is mother to a daughter, Bronwyn Moss.

Years passed and despite her search she could not find any information. That was until she contacted Leonie Erasmus, founder of Adopted Child - a website aimed at reuniting adopted children with their biological families.

Leonie found out that Joy’s biological mother had unfortunately passed away in November 2001 - just a month after her adopted mother died. There was, however, some good news too.

“Leonie then told me that I still have a biological sister, and that she could make the necessary arrangements to get us into contact,” said Joy. She also had a half-brother, Desmond, but he had also passed away.

Jenny did not know that her mother had another daughter whom she had given up for adoption.

Jenny, who is the mother of two daughters, said words fail her to describe what she felt when she met her sister for the first time on Friday.

“When I walked in at the airport and saw my sister, it was amazing, I couldn’t let go,” said Jenny.

According to both sisters the weekend was way too short. “We are so much alike and there is just no doubt that Joy is my sister.”

Joy described the experience as the most unbelievable one, and everything more. “My heart felt at ease. It’s almost like we were never apart.”

Joy will visit Jenny in December, where she will meet Jenny’s two daughters, Merilyn Byers-Horton and Bonny Pedra, and hopefully the rest of the family.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.