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Busy Thanksgiving travel day ends with many happy reunions at Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Local family awaits the arrival of The Queen
Posted at 11:19 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 23:19:17-05

Amid the hustle and bustle of the busiest travel day of the year there are many happy reunions. Most cross hundreds of miles for a long awaited holiday hug.

But for one local family the reunion was almost a century in the making.  Planning started last summer with the arrival of four month old Eve Burdette. She was born July 10th, the same day as her Great Great Grandmother, Edna.

The family waited in baggage claim at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to introduce the 90 year-old to her first great great grandchild.

"It's awesome. We don't get to see Grandma very often because she lives in Canada," said Jessica Burdette, Eve's mother and Edna's Great Grand Daughter.

The family has spent years trying to get their matriarch, who is lovingly referred to as "the Queen of England," on a plane. The family said Edna swore off traveling years ago.

But then came Eve.

"We really thought she'd never come," said Emily Dworczyk, Eve's grandmother.

As Emily said never, the Queen arrived on her throne, a wheelchair pushed by a skycap.

Edna Penn-- who swore to never travel again-- endured a 10 hour trip because it is all about Eve.

"I celebrated my 90th birthday and the greatest gift was this little girl born on the same day," Penn said

The busiest travel day of the year was Edna's first trip in a long time, but she said it won't be her last.

"You know the longer I've traveled today the better I feel about it. I think I'm just going to start traveling again," Penn said.