Woman reconnects with stranger who consoled her after receiving devastating news


Have you ever received a phone call that changed your life and there was no friend or relative nearby to comfort and support you?

That’s what happened to 31-year-old Angel Mott on 'Black Friday' (24 November) when she was out shopping. Angel had gone to the shopping centre in Mills Fleet Farm, Ankeney, Des Moines, America, to buy sleeping baskets for her two German shepherds.

While enthusiastic shoppers were trampling one another to get to the marked-down goods her cellphone rang.

“Angle, my dear,” the nurse on the phone said, “your mother has just passed away.” Rose Danylchuck was only 57 when she died.

“I sat down on the shelf in the aisle and must have bawled for five minutes,” Angel says.

A woman stopped beside her and asked what was wrong. Other people looked away or hurried by to get to the next bargain.

The woman who stopped, whom Angel describes as “a human angel with purple highlights in her hair”, When Angel had calmed down the woman walked with her to the check-out tills and asked people to make way for her. Everyone stood back.

Angel walked to her car in a daze and forgot to ask the woman for her name. She sat motionless in her car for 20 minutes before she was able to drive to the care centre where her mom had died of complications after a stroke.

It looks as if Angel has angels caring for her. Just a few days before, she’d written on her Facebook page that she’d forgotten her purse containing a few hundred dollars in a supermarket trolley in a shopping centre in Windsor Heights, Iowa.

She’d raced back to the store and found that someone had handed it in. “I’ve never been more grateful to be living in Iowa,” she wrote.

In the days following her mom’s death Angel was carried by the support of the stranger in the store and decided to track her down with the help of the 63 000 members of the public Facebook group, I grew up in Iowa! She told the story:

“Hoping you nice people can help me find a lady. I was out shopping on Black Friday at six in the morning at Mills Fleet Farm in Ankeny. In the middle of shopping I got a phone call that my mom had passed away.

I sat down on the shelf in the aisle and must've bawled for several minutes. Some nice lady with black hair (I think) and purple highlights, sat down with me and hugged me for about five minutes. She cried with me. I would just like to thank her very much.

Not one person stopped to see if I was OK. But her and her sister did and I appreciate that more than they'll ever know! My mom was my best friend. I felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest. She was only 57. I'm only 31, I still need my momma!”

Sara Ross recognised her sister in the description on Facebook and answered, “The woman you’re looking for is my lovely sister, Stephanie Uhlenberg.”

She is 42 and was flattered that Angel had regarded her as someone in her 30s.

The next day Angel met Stephanie and they hugged again. “My heart broke for you,” Stephanie said. “I just wanted to know you were okay.”


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