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Adopted Woman Finally Reunites With Siblings Who Thought She Was Dead

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Natalie Graves Tucker

A 66-year-old woman has finally reunited with her biological family after they believed she was dead.

Sylvia Kewer was adopted as a toddler, and grew up in Emporia, Virginia. A self-described loner, Kewer believed she was an only child.

It wouldn't be until this past August when the retired government worker discovered she had four maternal half-siblings, after her 46-year-old daughter, Natalie Graves Tucker, convinced her to submit a DNA test on Ancestry.com.

"[My mother] was saying her whole life she didn’t know what she was. She kept saying, 'What am I?'" Tucker told PEOPLE.

"Here she is thinking she’s alone all these years and doesn’t know her story … She’s always been a loner and here she has four siblings with children and grandchildren!" she added.

Kewer was born Dorothy Mae Goode on Dec. 12, 1950 in Buchanan County, Virginia. Her parents waited until Kewer was a teenager to tell her she was adopted. Little was known about Kewer's birth mother, aside from the fact she was unwed, ABC News reports.

"All they could tell me about her was that she was not married," she said.

Kewer would later find out her birth mother, Leona Holmes Duff Goode Lambert, had given birth to four other children.

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