Kitty and Joyce: Sisters in Spirit
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
We became close friends immediately, spending hours together
at each other’s houses.