Bonnie and Joanne, best friends for 60 years

“I literally cannot remember life without Joanne. Until now, that is, because she passed away all too soon this past May, just months after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She was my champion in every sense of the word. She never once lost faith in me. Not a day passes that I don’t miss her, think about her and feel grateful for all she gave to me in our 60 years of friendship. She is irreplaceable.“ — Bonnie

Bonnie Adamick


Donna, Erminia, Norma, Freda, Gerry, Lois and Fran, best friends for over 50 years

“We are known to friends and family as the BINGO Girls. This is a circle of friends and young mothers who formed a monthly bingo group almost 50 years ago. We support, celebrate, love and — most of all —  laugh together through whatever life throws our way. We are more like sisters than friends and we truly treasure each other.” — Donna

Donna Halliday


Sharon, Margy and Caity, best friends for nearly 50 years

“We did everything together. Through dating, first boyfriends, graduations, going away to college, and eventually moving to different areas of the country. 
We lost Sharon 10 years ago to cancer. Since then, Margy and I have gotten even closer, and we both have made changes in our lives we could not have foreseen. We feel Sharon in these endeavors.” — Caity

Caity Wallace


Blanca, Ana Maria and Maria, best friends for over 60 years

“We have cried together, worried together and laughed together. I believe that in a good friendship you need to share trust, respect and a good sense of humor for the relationship to last that long.” — Blanca

Blanca Combas


Beverly and Renee, best friends for over 50 years

“As adults we have shared the joys of marriages, births, countless holidays and travel. We have supported each other through hardships like death, divorce and illness. Now in our fifties, we are both facing our toughest challenge of caring for elderly parents. Our families still live on the same street and a few years ago we found ourselves back in the place we grew up, providing care for our parents. I am so blessed to have this unique bond.” — Beverly

Beverly Copeland Harrison


Gwen and Judy, best friends for over 60 years

“We gained (and lost) husbands, children and grandchildren. We have long phone calls, helping each other over the crises and catastrophes, kvelling when it all goes right. We are ever present in each other’s hearts and lives.” — Gwen

Gwen Chasan


Janet and Roberta, best friends for nearly 70 years

“We have always been there for each other. I lost my husband when I was 38. Roberta was always there for me. Today, in our seventies, our bond is as strong today as it was when we were children.” — Janet

Janet Valenti


Janna and Peggy, best friends for 50 years

“We come from different backgrounds, different professions and have very different personalities. But, through it all, we have remained besties. I love her and I’m extremely proud of our friendship, which has definitely withstood the test of time.” — Janna

Janna Wong Healy


Judy and Beverly, best friends for over 50 years

“We haven’t lived in the same city for 40 years, but we talk every week and see each other several times a year. Neither one of us has sisters, but she is more than a sister to me. She is beautiful inside and out!” — Judy

Judy Bjornsen


Esther and Shirley, best friends for over 75 years

“She’s my surrogate sister. We update each other on our families and our lives whenever we speak. We laugh together and we cry together, and we’ve been friends for 76 years!” — Esther

Laura Siegel


Linda and Deborah, best friends for nearly 60 years

“We have gone through every imaginable life experience together. The one constant that has held was that we have always been there for each other whether it was a congrats for something good, a pick-me-up for when we’re down, a shoulder to cry on, a sounding board, a hand when there were health scares or just someone to say ‘I love you.’ I think the secret to our friendship is that we always accepted each other as we are — faults and all.” — Linda

Linda Murawski


Mary, Susan, Jean and Claire, best friends for 50 years

“We have been there as a support system as hard decisions needed advice: sickness, infidelity, life-changing situations, aging parents, happy and sad times. When we get together we laugh until we cry or cry until we laugh. We are so grateful to have one another to go through this wonderful life we have!” — Mary

Mary Scalercio


Michelle and Marcy, best friends for 55 years

“We went to Hebrew school and summer camp together — and got into quite a bit of mischief together. We were bridesmaids at each other’s weddings. Needless to say, we laugh a lot. Even though we haven’t lived in the same state since 1983, our shared history — like sisters — keeps us close.” — Michelle

Michelle Wexler


Sandy, Gail, Jana, Janet, Susie, Lynette, Kari, Lynn and Teri, best friends for over 50 years

“These women have been there to share in my joys and sorrows. They have kept me centered, grounded and reminded me of my roots. They really know me, my weaknesses, my strengths. They get me like no parent, sibling, husband or child can. That is the beauty of female friendship.” — Sandy

Sandy Lynch


Sharla and Laura, best friends for over 50 years

“I believe we have stood the test of time because we have allowed ourselves to be vulnerable with each other. We are truly excited about each other’s accomplishments and sad for each other’s failures. We have never competed with one another. Friendship is like marriage. You have to put work into it.” — Laura

Laura Miller


Sheri, Eileen, Kathy, Maryann, Margie, and Maureen, best friends for over 50 years

“I never had any biological sisters, but these ‘girls’ are my real sisters. We love and respect each other, and we know that each of us would do anything for any of our sisters. I truly love these ladies and I could not have made it through all my life’s trials and tribulations without them.” — Sheri

Sheri L. Mullane


Sue and Laurie, best friends for almost 60 years

“Our moms were BFFs and so are we. We have a bond that no one or nothing can break and, believe me, we’ve tested it many times in almost 60 years. She has been my coach and cheerleader and I have been hers.” — Sue

Sue Barenholtz


Terri and Deborah, best friends for over 50 years

“We’ve shared laughs and tears, insane attempts at being cool and questionable date choices, and years of memories that always bring smiles to our faces. Now approaching 60, our friendship was truly evident when we were willing to ‘go gray’ together.” — Deborah

Deborah Sibley


Terri, Lana, Linda and Patti, best friends for over 55 years

“We’ve been through it all … puberty, boyfriends, college, marriages, kids, divorce, careers, menopause … and now, Social Security and Medicare!” — Terri

Terri Harrison


Maren, Marlene and Charlyne, best friends for nearly 50 years

“We have survived tragedies, distance, turmoil and relationships that did not work out. They are definitely my girls and part of my placenta of love and support!” — Maren

Maren Turner


Ann, Vita, Elise, Mary, Martha and Cherry, best friends for over 50 years

“We attended school together but after graduation in 1974, we all went off to separate colleges. There were marriages for some of us, graduate school for several, careers, children, and now grandchildren. We reconnected in 2006 for a 50th birthday celebration, rented a limo, cruised our old haunts and drank champagne!” — Ann

Ann Plunk


Virginia, Aurora, Ana Lidia, Laura, Lorena, Patricia, Ana and Maria, best friends for 40 years

“Since the very beginning, we were inseparable. We have seen each other through happy and difficult times. Friendship means love and acceptance — without judgement and with respect.” — Virginia

Virginia Galvan


Janet and Patsy, best friends for 50 years

“I believe the reason our friendship has lasted this long is because we both have the same integrity, spiritual awareness, and sense of humor. No one else gets my humor like Patsy does. As the saying goes, we can finish each other’s’ sentences.” — Janet

Janet Martinez


Millie and Mary Rose, best friends for over 65 years

“We first met when we were fellow students at the University of Akron but I later left town. We kept in contact through letters for many years. In 2002 my husband and I arrived at our new retirement community and were surprised to find Millie and her husband living there also. I think of, and love Millie, as the sister I never had. Now, at 88-years-old, it’s obvious our friendship has stood the test of time.” — Mary Rose

Kiernan Wilkins


Bano, Tanweer and Rafat, best friends for over 40 years

“Our families migrated from Pakistan in the early 1970s to New York. They have been through bad times and good times together. When Tanweer became a widow at a young age, both Bano and Rafat were there for her. When Rafat recently became a widow two years ago, both Tanweer and Bano traveled to support her. They were always there for each other and could rely on each other.” — Tanweer’s daughter, Saba

Saba Haque


Laura, Robin, Cheryl, Cathy Jo and Karen, best friends for 50 years

“We feel that our parents’ lasting friendships, our mothers’ sense of womanhood and friendship, strong Hungarian cultural ties, and lots of years of laughter, tears, wine and great desserts contributed to our lasting friendship.” — Laura

Laura Toth Kaiser


Alice and Laurice, best friends for 40 years

“We really love and want the very best for each other. We are not judgmental towards each other. We are loyal, compassionate, honest, trustworthy and encouraging toward each other. When we talk over the phone or visit, it is all about having fun and enjoying the company of someone who has surpassed being a best friend and is more like a sister.” — Alice

Alice Kerr


Allison and Linda, best friends for 40 years

“We share decades of inside jokes and familiar stories, and we know each other well enough to readily understand each other’s current news, concerns, and interests. We call ourselves Thelma and Louise, although we intend to stay away from the canyon rim and keep on having adventures!” — Allison

Allison Quensen Blatt


Janine and Lisa, best friends for over 45 years

“I personally believe the reason why our friendship has lasted is true love for each other, respect for our history together, and because we are the only ones who truly know each other — even more than our husbands know us! Whenever we talk on the phone or text it’s like we we’re 15 again, laughing and joking all the time. It’s rare to find that and we are very lucky to have each other.” — Janine

Janine Chakir


Cathleen and Denise, best friends for over 50 years

“Denise is the most caring, giving and nonjudgmental person I know. She has always been there for me through thick and thin — even when I wasn’t there for her. When things are bad, she’s the girlfriend I call and it’s like we’ve never been apart.” — Cathleen

Cathleen Sparrow


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