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Sisters pack 70 years into reunion weekend

Posted July 28

— Two sisters separated as babies became local celebrities in Raleigh this weekend after their reunion story aired on WRAL-TV.

Deva Buttram said she and her sister, Nancy Hansen, packed 70 years of memories into a four-day visit.

Buttram, 70, was just a few months old when her mother took her then-one-year-old sister, Nancy, and left her in Montana. The sisters were raised and lived their lives apart, but spent years searching for each other before last week's reunion.

During Hansen's visit to the Triangle from her home in Phoenix, the women were treated to dinners out and were recognized at the State Fairgrounds Flea Market.

Buttram said the manager at Outback Steakhouse picked up their tab one night, and the next evening a guest at another restaurant paid their check. 

She said the whole visit left her grateful and appreciative.

The pair also got manicures together, a first for Hansen.

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