Auburn residents, Diane Johnson and Glaidie Gorham, celebrated their 90th birthdays together on Nov. 24. Family members and friends filled Glaidie’s home for the festive celebration.
Diane and Glaidie met serendipitously in seventh grade at San Jose Roosevelt Junior High. They have been bestfriends since. These ladies have shared their friendship for 78 years.
Their story is heartwarming and fortuitous. Diane dated her husband in high school; his older brother was in the Navy. When the brother came home on leave, Gladie took one look at the man in uniform and asked Diane if she could meet him. Romance commenced and these two best friends happily married brothers. Each was maid of honor for the other’s wedding. Through the years they raised children together, shared holidays and family occasions, and happiness and sorrow.
Diane and Glaidie are full of life. They are members of pinochle card groups and they actively bake and cook.
“With just a few aches and pains I am lucky I don’t have any medical issues,” Diane said.
“My daughter helps me put on my support hose in the morning and then I am ready to go,” Glaidie said.