In her large Kentucky family, this 98-year-old matriarch finally met her first great-great-great-grandchild.

Zhavia Whitaker was seven months old when MaeDell Taylor Hawkins held her for the first time in February.

A picture of the incident put online by the grandchild, Gracie Snow Howell, has subsequently gone viral. MaeDell now has more than 620 grandkids between her daughters and their offspring.

“We thought this was special because it’s all girls,” Gracie, who appeared alongside MaeDell, told

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Frances Snow, MaeDell’s daughter, and granddaughters Gracie Snow Howell, Jacqueline Ledford, and Jaisline Wilson are all seen in the picture. Sheryl Blessing, Hawkins’ granddaughter, took a photograph.

In July, MaeDell turns 99.

At 16, she wed a 50-year-old railway worker with 10 children from a prior marriage in 1940, according to a report from Fox News.

She frequently had to travel because of Bill Taylor’s job. According to Gracie, the two were still married and had 13 children together, although they were all without the majority of modern comforts. In addition to not having running water, the family lacked a washing and dryer.

“I know she had it hard, but she didn’t complain,” Gracie told People.

Gracie explained that she had never heard her mother, Frances moan about anything lacking in their home.

As evidenced by the six generations of ladies in this photo, MaeDell’s love and support undoubtedly contributed to the generations of contented, healthy women and kids.

“If everything goes well, the baby’s doing well, Grandma’s doing well – we’re all going to meet back in June and get another picture,” Gracie told Fox News.

Fox reports that the Kentucky matriarch has 37 great-great-great-grandchildren and 106 grandkids, 222 great-grandchildren, 222 great-great-grandchildren, and 222 great-great-great-grandchildren who live all over the US.

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