Rachel Mallon and Suzanne Hadley met 10 years ago when their 4-year-old sons played T-ball together. The mothers instantly bonded and have remained close friends ever since.
Mallon later picked up an old genealogy project she had abandoned years ago and started researching her family tree once again. She decided to re-explore the ancestors of her mother, who had died when Mallon was 20. She dug out a letter sent to her 30 years ago by her great-aunt, which mentioned that woman's daughter, Nancy. After tracking down Nancy's Wisconsin phone number, Mallon made the call on Jan. 4. Nancy called back that night. "I can't believe you found me. We always wondered where you were," Nancy told her.
Nancy's daughter Libby, who was visiting her mom, noticed Mallon's phone number on the caller ID and told Nancy that it had to be a Manhattan Beach number.
"Do you live in Manhattan Beach?" Nancy asked Mallon. "I have a daughter who lives on 31st Street. Her name is Suzanne Hadley."
"It was the first time ever I couldn't talk," Mallon said. "I had just talked to Suzanne the day before. I didn't know if I should cry or fall over."
You can read the full heart-warming story in an article by Carley Dryden in the MercuryNews.com web site at http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14427341?nclick_check=1.