Chance encounter restores 70-year-old friendship in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A few weeks ago, Irene was talking with her niece, who happens to be the Activities Supervisor at Good Samaritan Society – Sioux Falls Village. “And she said, ‘You know, I have this friend that I just lost contact with, and it just dawned on me that maybe she’s been here,'” said Erickson.Becky put two and two together, contacted Darlene’s family and arranged for the reunion.

“When I brought Darlene to see Irene for the first time, I didn’t tell Darlene who she was going to see,” said Erickson. “And she saw Irene and a big smile came on her face. She goes, ‘I know her. That’s my friend!’ It just was so heartwarming.”

“Friendship to me is just wonderful. That is a person that you find, you can tell them anything and it stays there,” said Darlene.

“Without friends you can’t get along with life at all. You have to have friends,” said Irene.

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