It was difficult for me to move to Riverside the summer I turned 16. My family moved from Santa Rosa, in northern California and it was awful leaving my friends at Montgomery High School, The Santa Rosa Stake and my best friend around the corner on Melita Rd. Not to mention my adorable boyfriend who I'd just begun dating a few months earlier. Heavy Sigh.
I had an interview with my new Bishop who happened to be Karen's father. When I arrived at his office, I noticed a young girl, maybe age 11 or 12 playing outside. After Bishop Bradford and I visited for awhile, he told me he had a daughter about my age and she was outside. I was mortified, because I immediately thought of the girl I had seen earlier. He walked me out and to my surprise a darling girl rode up on a 10 speed bike and it was Karen. After he introduced us, he went back into his office and the first words Karen said to me were "There are no guys in this ward". Needless to say we hit it off immediately and have remained friends now for over 39 years. Karen made all the difference in my transition from Santa Rosa to Riverside. She was a true friend. Although she was wrong. There were lots of adorable boys in the Riverside 4th Ward! Months go by between our visits, but as soon as we are together it's like we've never been apart.
|There aren't very many pictures of us together,but this is from Karen's wedding in November, 1974 when I was her Maid of Honor. On July 12, 1975, she was my Maid of Honor|