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This inscription came from Summer Ridenour Pryzbyla (’87), who included a poignant note: “My two best friends passed away. This is for them.”
We asked Summer to tell us more about Nancy and Rochelle.
Here is my story about Rochelle and Nancy. I tried to keep it short but could go on for days about our lives together.
I met these two crazy girls at Oak Crest Elementary School. They were born on the same day, for this they called themselves sisters. Growing up with them was never dull, for anyone who had the pleasure of doing so will agree with me.
Nancy was full of life, her personality was one that was remarkable. You would look at her and just have to smile. Rochelle, she was wild and tapped into your adventurous side.
When we were young it was a different time then now. You could leave the house after breakfast and not return until the street lights went on. The world was an adventure and Nancy, Rochelle and myself took full advantage of it.
Growing up, Nancy loved bunnies and Barbies, Rochelle loved camping, open canyons and beaches, and I just wanted to do it all… OK not so much the Barbies. The three of us just meshed, each different but so much alike.
High school was a time of change and new beings with new friends and relationships. We all went to different cliques and started new adventures, but we always knew that each other was there. We would get together and talk about what the future would hold, husbands, kids, jobs and laugh about how far off in time that was. Funny how you think in high school.
But we always knew that we would remain forever friends! Their friendship was a gift one that will forever be treasured and remembered in my heart and now in stone in the high school we roamed.
The picture is of Nancy and Rochell in high school, It is my favorite because they are happy and together.
February 4, 2015
PS… Rochelle’s daughter is a freshman at San Dieguito this year. GO MUSTANGS!