And their emotional reunion is a tear-jerker for everyone involved.
Here's the story: Mott was shopping at a sporting and home goods store around 6 am on Black Friday. As if that's not tragic enough, she received a phone call that her mother had passed away.
"I just kind of blacked out," Mott told The Des Moines Register, "and I just started crying uncontrollably. And I sat down on the shelves probably for about 5 minutes and just bawled."
That's when another angel appeared (sorry I had to). She had purple streaks in her hair, Mott remembered, but she never got her name. The woman sat down with Mott on the floor, hugged her, and cried with her. She even negotiated with other shoppers to help her skip the checkout line. ON BLACK FRIDAY.
Mott wanted to find this heroic stranger so she could thank her, but she hadn't caught the woman's name, so she posted a message in the popular "I grew up in Iowa!" Facebook page.
The post read:
Hoping you nice people can help me find a lady. I was out shopping on Black Friday at six in the morning at Mills Fleet Farm in Ankeny. In the middle of shopping I got a phone call that my mom had passed away. I sat down on the shelf in the aisle and must've bawled for several minutes. Some nice lady with black hair (I think) and purple highlights, sat down with me and hugged me for about five minutes. She cried with me. I would just like to thank her very much. Not one person stopped to see if I was OK. But her and her sister did and I appreciate that more than they'll ever know! My mom was my best friend. I felt like my heart was ripped out of my chest. She was only 57. I'm only 31, I still need my momma!
The post was shared over 500 times and finally reached the woman's sister, Sara Ross. "The lady she is looking for is my lovely sister Stephanie Uhlenberg," Ross commented on Facebook. "She just saw her there crying and couldn't just walk by."
After learning that Mott wanted to connect, Uhlenberg attended Mott's mother's visitation at a funeral home last night.
Here's a video of their emotional reunion:
"My heart just went out to you," said Uhlenberg to Mott in the video. "I just wanted to know if you were going to be OK."
Moral: sometimes, people aren't complete jerks. Even on Black Friday.