Valerie Spruill, of Doylestown, says from the time she was born until she was 9 she thought her grandparents were her parents and a woman by the name of Christine, who visited her on a regular basis, was a “family friend.”
She said she was devastated when she found out that Christine was her biological mother.
Spruill said when her husband, Percy, died at the age of 60 in 1998, rumors began to spread that Percy was her biological father.
The mother-of-three and grandmother-of-eight said she then set out to find out the truth about Percy Spruill.
She said many years later an uncle told her that the rumors were correct, her husband was indeed her biological father.
Spruill, who worked for 34 years in the accounting department at Goodyear, said five years ago she was cleaning her house and found her husband hairbrush. She had a DNA test done from hair she took from the brush. She said the DNA gave her prove she needed that her husband and her father were the same person.
Asked if she thought her husband knew he was her biological father, Spruill said she was not 100 percent certain, but she believes he was aware ,but he kept it to himself because of the taboo associated with what he had done.
Spruill, who contributes her poor health to the stress of discovering the longtime family secret, says she now wants to find the rest of her siblings.
She said she knows her parent got together when they were 15 and her father, who was born in Mississippi, worked in Akron as a truck driver and later, as a parking-lot attendant.
Since finding out the true identity of her husband Spruill has been working with a therapist.