So many things go through our minds when we look back on our families fifty year friendship between the Balfours and the Mitchells. We became friends immediately when we moved in as neighbors in 1964 on Canterbury Lane. We were all young and raising children of approximately the same age so it was instant bonding. We remember the summer evenings where we took our lawn chairs and sat out at either their lawn or ours and drank. Eventually other neighbors would wonder over and join us. Most evenings we would have a lawn full of kids playing kickball in the street and Rusty (Balfours dog) would wander among us. When they moved to Lake Fenton our friendship never missed a beat though long distant we stayed as close as ever. A Balfour - Mitchell tradition was our annual trip to Frankenmuth for their chicken dinner. Also the 4 of us always reserved the Friday after Thanksgiving for our holiday shopping trip. We spent many happy Thursday nights at the Lake Fenton Moose Lodge enjoying a beer and a burger. Every warm weather holiday Paula would open their lake front home to all of their friends. We traveled to the East Coast and also out west where we visited John, we watched by private invitation our local astronaut go into space and took a day trip to the Bahamas. All of these were so much fun! Also we would each select a mystery trip each month to surprise the other couple with. Paula, Joyce and Karen Chilcutt went to the Far East to visit Japan and Singapore. To relate all of our pleasant experiences over 50 years would take a book-leave it be said that we enjoyed our friendship with the Balfour family and we will solely grieve and miss Paula every day.
I'm really going to miss you, Paula. Every Fall I would look forward to your return to Shipwatch. We had many good times. I loved all the rides we would take -- usually to somewhere I had never been before. And how about our bridge lessons? You never learned the game, but we had many, many laughs! You were a true friend, and I will miss you terribly. Love you, Paula.