FORT WASHINGTON, Md. - There was a lot of hugging, a lot of tears, and a ton of happiness at a family reunion on Winslow Road on Saturday evening.
However, for Bonnie Davis, now going as her birth name, Latonya Dea, it was more than a reunion.
She was meeting her true family for the first time.
"I want to hug them all, I want to kiss them all, I want to be the best aunt I can be," she says.
WTVR CBS 6 first reported the story on Friday when Dea and her mother, Sheila Richardson, were in Richmond.
Dea had been searching for her biological family her entire life.
Richardson was 15 whens he gave birth to her in Louisville, Kentucky.
About a month ago, Davis made one last attempt to find her by submitting a DNA test to Ancestry.com.
When she heard back, it listed 312 possibilities that might be first to fourth cousins. One of those cousins called her and said she thought she knew who her mother was.
She was given the name Sheila Richardson, and after a search of Facebook she sent her mother a message.
“I stepped out on faith last Saturday night and sent her a text message and it said you are a very beautiful lady. I don’t want to scare you, but look at these pictures and tell me what you think,” said Davis.
The meeting led to a phone call and the two reuniting in South Carolina. Dea also met her biological brother, Courtney, for the fist time.
"I tried to search when I was younger after I was grown enough to make that search but the doors were closed, her birth records were sealed they wouldn’t divulge any information," says Richardson. "I didn’t think it would ever happen I didn’t think it was possible."
"I couldn't give up, I needed her but I could've never dreamt that all of these beautiful people would come attached to her," says Dea.
The two made the more than three hour drive with Dea's fiance and son to Fort Washington so she could meet just part of her extended family.
"Someone that I had heard all my life you know her name, Latonya, Latyona, and just to finally meet her and to touch her and hug her, it's just the best feeling," says her aunt.
Dea's adoptive parents are deceased.
She plans to marry her fiancé in August of 2018 and expected to only have a few family members there.
"We're hoping our story is going to inspire other people in our situation not to give up," she says.