Nova Scotia

Sisters reunited after 65 years

For 65 years, Margaret Wedge and Ruth Surette didn't know they were sisters. Now the two Maritimers are making up for lost time.

For 65 years, Margaret Wedge and Ruth Surette didn't know they were sisters. Now the two Maritimers are making up for lost time.

The two women have been in contact every day since meeting for the first time last week in Prince Edward Island.

"You can't pick up the past. You just start from now and you go forward," said Wedge.

Wedge lives in Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. Surette lives in Yarmouth, N.S. They were adopted into different families decades ago, never knowing about the other.

While Surette was born in Nova Scotia, Wedge was placed in an orphanage on the Island. Growing up, all she knew about her biological family was her birth mother's surname, Surette.

Last spring, she took a chance and called a man with that name listed in the P.E.I. phone book.

"I laid out my case on the phone. I asked if he might be able to find out any information, and coincidentally, he was interested in geneaology. And he said, 'I'm going to Yarmouth soon and I'll get back to you,'" said Wedge.

Wedge never heard back from the man. Then last month, 68-year-old Ruth Surette called.

"She had the same name as my mother on her birth certificate," said Surette.

Wedge still wasn't convinced, mostly because of Surette's French accent. But any doubts were erased last week when they met on the Island.

Besides looking alike, the two women share similar tastes in clothing.

"Ruth showed up wearing the same plaid. So it was very interesting. You'd think we'd planned it but we hadn't. She looks good in those blues, and so do I!" Wedge said with a laugh.

It was an emotional reunion.

"But it was wonderful," said Surette. "We had a lot to talk about. I just wish I had known earlier. I thought it was wonderful to have a sister."

Wedge is planning a trip to Yarmouth next month.

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