Kitty and Joyce: Sis­ters in Spirit

Reminisce - - Our Lives -

MY FAM­ILY MOVED FROM Detroit to War­ren, Michi­gan, in 1950, when I was 6. We’d moved in April dur­ing Easter va­ca­tion, and two days later, I met Joyce Reske (now Richards) at St. Mark School.

Dur­ing the school week, Joyce lived with her grand­par­ents two houses down from where I lived. We be­came close friends im­me­di­ately, spend­ing hours to­gether at each other’s houses. She was like a sec­ond sis­ter to me.

My mother didn’t drive but she’d go with us on the bus to the beach, zoo and amuse­ment park. When­ever

Joyce spent the week­end with her grand­par­ents, she’d join my fam­ily for trips to parks and nearby lakes.

Then in sixth grade, Joyce went to live per­ma­nently with her par­ents. I missed her ter­ri­bly, but we be­came pen pals and spent time

to­gether when she vis­ited her grand­par­ents. And I’d go to her place for sleep­overs.

Through all these years we’ve kept in close touch, through our marriages and chil­dren— I had three, she had one—and, sadly, the death of my hus­band in 1996. We have al­ways been in each other’s lives.

Now that we’re both grand­par­ents, we try to visit with each other about once a month. At 74, we cher­ish our 68 years of ab­so­lute friend­ship.

KATH­LEEN “KITTY” BOWERS

WAR­REN, MI

We be­came close friends im­me­di­ately, spend­ing hours to­gether

at each other’s houses.

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