Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Four friends who have stayed together for years toast with their coffee cups during an October get-together. From left are Shannon Allen, Pam Gardner, Penny Frankhouser and Carol Biskupski.

Through tears and joy

Four Grand Valley women share unique, strong friendship

Carol Biskupski was the first to arrive.
She’s been to Pam Gardner’s Redlands home so many times her vehicle sort of drives itself there.
About five minutes later, Shannon Allen and Penny Frankhouser walked through the door, and Pam’s home immediately filled with laughter.
Penny walked straight to the pot of coffee. Pam recently started teaching part-time for Colorado Mesa University’s nursing department so the others wanted details.
Pam smiled. She’s excited about it.

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