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Fifty years of friendship

9:49 AM  Nov 7th, 2013
by Allison Lewis '14

People say that you will meet the friends you have for life in college. This is certainly true for Mary Murray Bosrock and the friends she made while living in Marycrest in 1963.

After reuniting five years ago, the friends — including Bosrock, Judy Dattilo Stelzer ’67, Mary Ann Tayloe Love ’67, Diane Delahunty Clarke ’68 and Karen Elberson Tubbs — vowed to reunite every year, traveling a combined 1,420 miles to meet up where it all began.

“I think we were all nervous when first reuniting because we didn’t know whether or not it would be the same, but we picked up right where we left off,” Bosrock said.

The women went their separate ways after their Marycrest days, starting families or moving across the country. But they always wondered how the others were doing.

Said Stelzer, “The great thing about this group of women is that not one of us is a judgmental person. It wasn’t 30 seconds after we saw each other that it was like we were in Marycrest again. We could open our souls and say anything.”

Their reunion location spurred nostalgia: The group celebrated their fifth reunion in the Marycrest cafeteria. The conversation showed no signs of slowing, despite being awake until 2 a.m. chatting the night before.

Some of the reminiscing was brought on by Mary’s recent memoir, Mortal Sin On My Soul, which includes a few chapters about experiences the women had in Marycrest.

They commented on how much the University has changed since their college days.

“We can’t believe the dorms are co-ed now,” Love said. “We would not be as close as we are today if the dorms had been co-ed.  We could walk around in our pajamas with rollers in our hair if we wanted.”

They entered as strangers, but left as friends.

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