Vaunda Murray born on 12th day of 12th month, the 12th child in a family of 13
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Vaunda Murray and her grandson Eli Dowling and granddaughter Willow Dowling celebrate her birthday that just happened to fall on Dec. 12 (the 12th month) 2012. She was the 12th of 13 children.
STRATFORD — It’s often said when circumstances come together to maximize the significance of an event, the stars are aligned to make everything possible.
In the case of Vaunda Murray, the calendar aligned just right to create a unique birthday experience.
A daughter born to William and Euphemia Morrell in 1958, Murray was the 12th child out of 13 in her family growing up in Pleasant Valley.
She celebrated her 54th birthday Wednesday, Dec. 12, allowing her to put a unique twist on the 12-12-12 calendar occurrence, the last such configuration for 89 years before New Year’s Day in 2101 starts the cycle again.
To mark the occasion, Murray’s family, in particular her daughter, Kristina Dowling, surprised her with a cake and small party at their home in Stratford, a low-key affair with family present.
“I didn’t know any of this was going to happen,” she said.
“She’s been talking about this birthday forever,” said Dowling.
“I was wanting to throw a great big surprise party.”
Murray said she didn’t realize the significance of the date until she got older.
“You don’t really line it up until you’re actually in the 2000s and then you realize there’s only 12 of them. When you hear that somebody’s celebrating or getting married on 3-3-3, it clicks and you think ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to be the last one of the 12s’.”
Murray considered 12-12-12 to be a lucky day. There are actually four 12s in play when you consider the 12th child, Dec. 12, 12th month, and in the year 2012.
“I guess I’ll buy myself a lottery ticket.”
Once she realized the connection, Murray knew she wanted to do something with it.
“I figured we better celebrate something, but I didn’t want to do a party since I’d already had one a few years ago for my 50th,” she said.
Other than the party, Murray planned to enjoy the rest of the day with her family.
“I have sisters in town from away, so I’m going to meet with them.”