CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A woman in Michigan trying to see her dying mother for the last time had a little help from some airport angels.
WOOD-TV reports Laura Genovich says her mother, Karen, had a stroke in Florida the day before Thanksgiving.
At first, it wasn’t clear how bad of shape Karen was in, but two days later Genovich was told her mom would not live much longer. Genovich was able to get a flight leaving later that morning for her and her three-month-old daughter, Audrey.
But as she sat on her American Airlines flight, an announcement said the flight was going to be delayed. An hour later, she got the devastating news that the flight was canceled.
“I just broke down and started crying because I need to be there, I needed to get there as soon as possible, my dad was alone down there,” said Genovich.
Then the unexpected happened; she met her airport angel named Mary.
“(She said) ‘My name is Mary and I have been listening to you for the last hour and I have been praying for you and your family’,” said Genovich.
Genovich was the last person off the flight but at the end of the jet way, Mary was there waiting to help.
“She was right there and she did not leave my side,” said Genovich.
Genovich’s husband had found her another flight on another airline. But it was scheduled to take off in just 15 minutes after she got off her first plane. Together, Genovich and Mary ran to the gate.
There, they met Southwest Airlines gate agent Gayle Mutchler, who managed to get Genovich on her flight.
Who paid for the flight? Mary.
“She gave me a big hug and she said ‘I love you and the Lord loves you’, and it just meant the world to me,” said Genovich.
“I’ve seen relatives fight over who’s paying for the ticket, let alone complete stranger paying for a full fare walk up at the gate 400 and some dollars,” said Mutchler.
Genovich made it to her mother’s bedside later that day.
“I laid the baby on her and I talked to my mom and I sang to her and I played videos on my phone of the other kids so she could hear their voices and to be able to that is just priceless,” said Genovich.
A few days later, her mother passed away.
“The bittersweet thing is my mom would have loved this story,” she said. “She would have loved the story about the kindness of strangers.”
Genovich posted her story on a blog, and it’s gotten over 41,000 shares.