Sisters reunite after 20 years

Published 8:05 pm Monday, February 7, 2011

The Pouncy sisters, six of them, had not all been together for 20 years. It was time for that to change.

The oldest sister, Willodean, has multiple sclerosis and cannot travel from Detroit to her childhood home Troy. So, four of her sisters decided to board a plane for the “trip of all trips.”

They planned to visit Willodean at the assisted living facility that she now calls home and give her the surprise of her life. For the sisters who were flying for the first time, the clouds looked like snow. When the sisters arrived at the airport in Detroit, another sister, Linda picked them up.

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“It was so nice, everyone being back together again. We spent the night at our sister Linda’s home. Salena laid her head on Kathy’s lap as they watched television and everything was as it was in our younger days,” Erica said. “We awoke to eggs, grits, patty and length sausage, banana nut bread muffins, blueberry muffins, coffee and orange juice.” Then they were on their way to see Willodean.

She rolled in in her wheelchair, her hair in curls and a smile on her face.

Her first words were “Who are you?” I don’t know you anymore. You look pretty like me,” she said to the younger sister Erica. The sisters laughed and hugged their older, wonderful sister.

“We couldn’t help but think about what a strong and loving sister we have,” Salena said. “She never complains but always has encouraging words for others. Such a strong family with strong leaders, our father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Thomas Pouncy, have raised a family of love and strength.”

The sisters said that God has blessed their family and it was a blessing to be able to enjoy their sister Willodean. The sisters are, from the oldest to the youngest, Willie Dean, Lydia, JuanDelisha, Kathy, Salena and the baby girl, Errical.

The sisters left Detroit having been richly blessed by family. “We left reminding each other to count your blessings daily and always take care of family,” Lisa said.