Mothers Day first By David Wilcox / The Citizen
This Mothers Day will mark the first that Linda Townsend spends with her 39-year-old daughter.
After years of searching and frustration, Marne DAugustino and her mother, Linda Townsend, were reunited.
About two weeks after Townsend gave birth to Marne DAugustino on April 25, 1970, she surrendered her newborn daughter for adoption. The choice was made for her, said Townsend, who was 26 at the time. In the absence of the childs father, Townsends own father acted to follow social norms and to spare his family embarrassment, she said. Giving up his grandchild was not a concern.
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