Mother, son reunited after more than 40 years apart

Published: Sep. 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM CDT
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Matthew Davey met his biological mother more than 40 years after she had to give him up for...
Matthew Davey met his biological mother more than 40 years after she had to give him up for adoption.

MADISON, AL (WAFF) - Madison was the scene of an amazing mother and son reunion after more than 40 years apart.

Zella Will's business trip to the area turned personal when she got the meeting of a lifetime - a chance to meet the infant son she gave up for adoption in 1970.

It was a very emotional meeting.

They both flew hundreds of miles to meet in Madison, Alabama.

And when Zella said she saw her son at the airport she just knew she didn't want to let him go again.

Matthew Davey was a newborn the last time his birth mother laid eyes on him.

"1970, March 30th, I was given up for adoption in Rhode Island. I was adopted by a wonderful family, had a great life, but there was always something missing," said Davey.

Zella said she was working in Panama at the time and didn't know what to do, so she flew to Boston to stay with a friend until her son was born.

She named him after one of her favorite TV stars.

"I always watched Marcus Williby, so I gave him the name Marcus, and then I held him and then I had to give him up," she said.

Zella said she wanted to find Davey, but didn't want to interfere. She had lost all hope of ever seeing him again.

As for Davey, he kept searching for Zella after Rhode Island passed a law that allowed adopted children to get their birth certificate.

A private investigator found Zella's sister, and Matthew called her.

"She said, 'I got two phone calls, the first one was from a Matthew Davey and the second one said that his name was Marcus Will and you are his mother,' and I said, 'That's right. I'm his mother,'" Zella said.

After months of talking, the two met in Alabama and now Zella can't wait to come up for the holidays.

Davey said he hopes other states will open up the same laws to other adopted families.

"I've always thought about it and to have something that you want so bad is just not right," he said.

Zella said she plans to end the year and start the new year with her son.

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