EUGENE, Ore. - Finally together.
A Brownsville, Ore., woman met the daughter she gave birth to more than 50 years ago. It happened Friday afternoon at the Eugene airport as Crickett Koch flew from Dallas, Texas, to Eugene to meet her birth mother, Donna Geil.
Geil never saw the baby she gave up for adoption back in 1959. The teenage mother gave up her baby for adoption, hoping the child would grow up in a happy home and be taken good care of.
As Crickett met her birth mom; Donna's husband Jim; and Sandy, the sister she never knew she had, Crickett felt like she was shaking on the inside.
"It's the happiest moment besides having my own kids and getting married," she said.
The reunion was better than she expected. "It's better. It's better," Crickett said. "It's absolutely incredible."
With non-stop hugs, kisses, tears and laughter, the meeting was a celebration. Seeing Crickett for the first time, Donna said, "I'm just overjoyed. Just thanking God."
Donna's daughter Sandy told us she loves her new sister. " We're happy. I wanted her my whole life and now I have her."
Clutching her mother, Crickett tried to describe her feelings. "Wow, I don't know if my heart is ever going to stop racing. I don't know. I'm just overwhelmed."
Crickett said she found a company in Texas that helps people find others. It didn't take them long to find Donna in Oregon.
When she first called Donna on the phone, Crickett said, she didn't know what she was going to say to the woman who gave her life.
"It was so awesome. It's like we've known each other all of our lives."
With her arms wrapped around Crickett and Sandy, Donna said, "Now I have two beautiful daughters." Crickett says she is blown away by what Donna did for her more than 50 years ago. "That she could actually do that. That she loved me so much, she wanted better for me."