Century-Old Friendship

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One pair of South Beloit women takes "Best Friends Forever" truly to heart. The two have been friends for almost a century.

Friends and family of Frances Patrick helped her celebrate her one hundredth birthday today at the North Pointe Terrace in Roscoe.

Mary Paden, who turned 101 just a couple weeks ago, has been friends with Frances since growing up down the street from her in South Beloit. They said they first met in grammar school, and have gone to the same church together for decades.

"Oh we've seen a lot, haven't we?" said Paden. ""Good thing we don't have to pay for our telephone calls. We jabber and jabber."

The two women also celebrated the hundredth birthday of another friend who grew up in South Beloit last week.

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