Between them the four friends had 10 children. The college pals keep in touch with phone calls and letters and get together whenever possible, hopefully once a year.
“The most fun we had was just being roommates,” said Rhodes.
“We were more like sisters,” McGhee commented. At 87 years of age, she is “the young one” of the four, she says with a laugh. The friends have been there for each other no matter the circumstance. The support of her ‘sisters’ meant a lot to McGhee when she lost her first baby and when her husband passed away, she said.
The four bath-mates shared one other key commonality: “Johnny [Rhodes] married all three of us,” quipped Bailey, “All of us had dated him at some time or another.” But Jo McClintock became his wife, she said. John Rhodes performed the wedding ceremonies for Bailey and McGhee and their husbands, while a relative married Osmunson and her husband.
The four friends last got together in 2009. They’re hoping to reunite for another rap session and group photo in the future. Bailey hopes it will happen during La Sierra’s Alumni Weekend on April 15-17.
“There were times when we didn’t see each other but there was this fact that we were roommates and had been very close,” Osmunson said. “I have happy, happy memories. I remember so well the four of us.”
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