At 78, many women are enjoying their time as grandmas, getting to spend quality time with their grandbabies without shouldering the burden of the work.
Some grandparents are doing the noble and necessary work of raising their grandchildren because of extenuating family circumstances.
And a select few, including Linda Owens, are functioning as primary caregivers for babies that are not related to them — babies they might never see again.
Over the course of 34 years, Owens has cared for 81 babies. Single and retired from her job as a department manager at a grocery store, she has turned her attention to the littlest lives who desperately need her help, an act she sees as her divine calling.
“This is what God’s handed me a gift to do,” Owens said, according to KPIX-TV.