SEATTLE - Forty-six-year-old Ron Stewart grew up believing his mother died when he was just 3 years old.
"I was told since I was born, I mean since I was a kid, that she died in a car wreck," said Ron.
It was Ron's wife April who suggested he get a copy of his birth certificate and possibly an article about his mother's death.
"I just wanted photos of her I wanted to find out where she was buried," said Ron.
What the two discovered was that Ron's mother, Rose Marie Hinckley, was not dead; she is very much alive.
"She'd been looking for years. She said that she has five or six boxes trying to find me, police reports and all that good stuff, so I guess I was the kid on the milk carton for a long time," said Ron.
Ron will never know why his father took him away or lied about his mother's death. He died several years ago. This is the part of the story Ron struggles with.
"I'll love him regardless, I mean, it was just me and him," he said.
On Sunday, April waited at Sea-Tac Airport to meet her husband's mother.
"He lived his whole life thinking she was dead and when he found out it was too much for him," she said.
Ron waited anxiously 200 miles away in Moses Lake. He was so emotional about the reunion, he had his wife meet his mother at the airport.
His emotions run deep, but not for himself. He gets emotional at the thought of his mother spending the last 40 years searching for him.
The two were finally reunited at Ron's home on Sunday.
There's a lifetime of catching up to do, with children, grandchildren, sisters and brothers to meet. Ron named one of his daughters after his mother
"It's been real for a couple of weeks for me; it's been real for 43 years for her," said Ron.
Hinckley says she no longer cares to know why.
"I think it's going to be just enough for me to have him back," she said.
Ron and Rose Marie will have a good amount of time to catch up. She is staying here for a month.