Staff photo by Wendy Burton
Gracie Pipkins, left, Butch Pipkins, Donna LaFond and Vana Baker are four children of a former Muskogee firefighter who passed away in 2006. Gracie and Butch grew up together in Muskogee and didn’t know about the other two. LaFond found the rest through research. Baker, who was adopted in 1951 from Muskogee, found out by DNA testing that Gracie also did through Ancestry.com.