Local woman meets 33-year penpal for first time
By Caitlin Boland

Mary Lynn Reese and Denise Kenney, penpals for 33 years, were able to meet each other for the first time on July 14.
Mary Lynn Reese, a teacher at Briarwood Academy, recently traveled to Colorado to meet her penpal of 33 years.
Reese originally connected with Denise Kenney in the early 1980s when the two women were freshman in high school.
“When I was a freshman in high school, I taped two quarters to a perforated post card in Teen Magazine,” Reese said. “I sent it in, and I can’t remember if she got my address or I got hers, but we have been communicating ever since.”
Kenney said she was thumbing through the same magazine and stumbled upon the same article about penpals.
“New friends come few and far between in a farming community, so the idea of connecting with another teenager living in a different part of the United States struck a spark in me,” Kenney said. “With great excitement I filled out the form, taped two quarters inside and dropped the envelope in the mailbox of my sleepy Colorado community. Little did I know those two quarters would give me the gift of a friendship that would last a lifetime. Because at the same time, Mary Lynn Banks from Thomson, Georgia, was busy filling out the same form.”
Reese said for the first 27 years the women would write letters back and forth, but more recently the pair have been communicating via text and social media.
“Technology has made it a lot easier for us to communicate,” Reese said.
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