Lula Gillespie-Miller who was missing for 42 years is found, period and end of story. You won’t see the woman’s daughter, Tammy Miller, appearing on one of those TV shows that reunites people with their long-lost loved ones because her story is anything but heartwarming. The mother who left her four children at 28-years-old, is seemingly as cold at 69.
The headlines over the Easter weekend were saturated with the story about Lula Gillespie-Miller, a missing mother who was found after four decades passed by. The woman left home in 1974 after signing the care of her four children over to her dead husband’s mother. Besides one letter in 1975, she was never heard from again, reports Yahoo News on March 29.
Tammy Miller, the youngest child of Lula, wanted to find the whereabouts of her mother, who she thought was dead long ago because she never made an effort to see her kids, Tammy and her two half-brothers and one half-sister. Tammy contacted the Doe Network, an agency that helps people find missing persons, in an attempt for closure over the missing mother she never met.
The Doe Network folks contacted an Indiana State detective and he agreed to work on the very cold case of this missing woman. Starting from the town in Indiana where her one and only letter came from, she fit the description of a woman who had died years back.
With Tammy’s DNA they were able to determine that the dead woman was not Tammy’s mother, Lula Gillespie-Miller. Another lead put the detective in Texas and low and behold, he found Tammy’s long-lost mother living under an alias in a small rural Texas town.
Lula agreed to have contact with Tammy and over the Easter weekend Tammy called her. That phone call will be the last one Tammy ever makes to the woman she idolized in her dreams. She will never attempt to contact the woman who she fantasized about in a heartwarming scenario over and over again in her mind on how they would meet, once finding out she was alive.
Those thoughts and wishes went immediately down the drain when her mother didn’t even stay on the phone two minutes with Tammy. She told Tammy that she couldn’t talk and that she would call her back at a time when she could talk. Tammy knew right then and there that she will never call her again, said the daughter whose dreams were just squashed, according to People Magazine.
Tammy knows she will never get that phone call and yes, she is hurt and furious all rolled up in one. Lula had three children with her husband, but he died in 1969 in a car accident. Tammy, who is the youngest of her four children was the result of an affair her mother had.
Tammy left all four kids with her dead husband’s mother, who Tammy said never let a day go by without letting all four kids know that she loved them. At least she did one thing right, she “left us in good hands” said Tammy.