Bonnie Davis, a Richmond, Virginia public school teacher has been searching for her birth mother for her entire life. One day, she decided to use Ancestry. com to locate her mother. Five weeks ago, Davis made one last attempt to find her by submitting a DNA test to Ancestry.com. Two weeks ago, she heard back.
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Bonnie Davis had been searching for her biological mother all her life. After several failed attempts, she decided to submit to a DNA test using Ancestry.com. Then, she received a call that would change her life.
I got a text saying my DNA results were back, Davis said to WTVR. It listed 312 possibilities that might be first to fourth cousins.
One of her cousins revealed to her that she knew the name of her mother. This news sent Davis into a panic attack as she couldn’t believe her ears.
I lost it, I had a panic attack in the halls my students were running to the door, said Davis.
After receiving a name from a cousin she never met, Davis decided to use Facebook to locate her mother. On a brave attempt to locate her mother, she sent her mother a message.
I stepped out on faith last Saturday night and sent her a text message and it said you are a very beautiful lady. I don’t want to scare you, but look at these pictures and tell me what you think, said Davis.
While Davis waited for her potential mother to return her message, she decided to attend Sunday service as she is a musical director as well. As her preacher was delivering the word, something inspired Davis to check her phone. She couldn’t believe what she saw.
I looked at my cell phone and I got a message from her (her mother) that stunned me it said call me right away,” explained Davis. “[Her mother] She said I’m so happy I can’t contain myself. I ran out the back of the church, Davis said. I called her and I remember it felt like forever the phone was ringing tears streaming down my face and when she answered the phone and I heard her voice my mouth went dry and couldn’t speak, she called me by my birth name and we both lost it on the phone, Davis said.
Upon hearing the words Latonya Dean, Davis was an emotional wreck. She knew that she had finally found her mother as the woman on the phone called her by her birth name. Davis finally met her mother, Sheila Richardson. She soon learned that Richardson had Davis at the age of 15 and gave her up for adoption. Not wanting to waste a minute longer, Davis got in her car and drove to South Carolina to meet her mother. Once she arrived to the home, for the first time, Davis met her biological brother, Cortney Leonard. He too was overjoyed to meet his sister as she stated that he finally feels complete. What Davis didn’t know, is that her mother lost 2 children in childbirth.
I was meant to have these two children I cherish so, because they survived, Sheila Richardson said.
Davis adopted parents are deceased. While she didn’t share what type of childhood she experienced, Davis always longed to meet her mother. Now, that moment was finally here.
They had to walk me to my mother and I could only see the silhouette of her and when I walked up those steps I fell into her arms and I kept touching her and couldn’t take my eyes off her couldn’t believe she was real, explained Davis.
Davis has decided that she will no longer be Bonnie as she plans to have her name changed back to her birth name. In addition, Davis will meet more than 100 relatives who are flying in from around the country to meet her at a family reunion. She says she plans to move her mom to Richmond in the near future.