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Pen pals meet after eight decades

Sadie Fanali, from California, and Lorraine Thomas, from Oklahoma, began writing each other in 1932.
BY SARAH HUSSAIN shussain@opubco.com Published: June 17, 2013

/articleid/3853572/1/pictures/2135479">Photo - Letters Sadie Fanali sent to Lorraine Thomas are pictured. The pair met for the first time at Will Roger World Airport, Friday, June 14, 2013, in Oklahoma City.  They have been pen pals since 1932. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Letters Sadie Fanali sent to Lorraine Thomas are pictured. The pair met for the first time at Will Roger World Airport, Friday, June 14, 2013, in Oklahoma City. They have been pen pals since 1932. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“I think if it wasn't for her, it wouldn't have lasted,” Fanali said.

Thomas waited at the airport with her daughter, Sandy Rose, and her family. One of Fanali's daughters, Christine, had flown in from Connecticut that morning to surprise her mother.

When Fanali arrived, accompanied by her daughter, Francine, she was first greeted by Christine and then by Thomas.

“I recognized Lorraine instantly. I couldn't wait to rush up and hug her,” Fanali said.

Local merchants helped make the meeting more special. Betty's Flowers in El Reno donated corsages. A limo ride was courtesy of Pink Pony Limousine, and dinner at Charleston's was on the house.

Fanali and Thomas spent some quality time together while their daughters did some sightseeing in Bricktown.

Fanali said she and Thomas have never had a full conversation on the telephone, and she does not intend to start communicating that way. They plan to keep writing each other.

“Hopefully, we'll come back next year,” Fanali said.

“My family made great friends. It was like we knew them all.”


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