In a heartwarming moment captured on camera, a seven-week-old baby girl met her great-great-great-grandmother for the first time at a nursing home in Kings Mountain, Kentucky. The touching family reunion saw six generations of women come together, with the 98-year-old matriarch, MaeDell Taylor Hawkins, holding baby Zhavia Whitaker while surrounded by her daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, and great-great-granddaughter.
The family photograph was taken by Sheryl Blessing, the sister of Gracie Snow Howell, MaeDell Hawkins’ granddaughter. Howell shared the image on her Facebook page, writing: “SIX (living) generations. MaeDell, Frances, Gracie, Jacqueline, Jaisline, and Zhavia.”
The photograph has since gone viral, with many social media users sharing the heartwarming story of the six generations of women coming together. The family members faced a challenge coordinating the travel and schedules of everyone in the photo since half of the women live out of state. Despite the difficulties, they managed to spend a wonderful afternoon with MaeDell Hawkins.
The great-great-great-grandmother has led an incredible life, taking on household responsibilities at a young age after marrying her first husband at 16. She went on to have 13 children and took care of the household without many modern conveniences such as running water and electric stoves. Despite the hardships, MaeDell Hawkins remained dedicated to her family and instilled a strong work ethic in her descendants. Howell recalled her great-great-great-grandmother’s words: “Hard work is what keeps you going.”
The photograph also highlighted an interesting coincidence: all four of MaeDell Hawkins’ female descendants, Snow, Howell, Ledford, and Wilson, gave birth around the age of 19. The image has captured hearts and imaginations around the world, providing a heartwarming reminder of the power of family ties and the joy of seeing multiple generations come together.