Music brings friends together after 70 years apart

Published 10/30 2013 10:04AM

Updated 10/30 2013 01:25PM

CHAMPAIGN -- These three women have always shared a love of music, but they haven't always kept in touch. That all changed when they met-up in Champaign on Tuesday. Jillian Deam shares how their passion brought these friends back together again. 

When old friends reunite, sometimes it feels like nothing has changed. But it's been a long time since Libby Heidecker, Thelma Briggs and Pollyanna Rapp got together. 

"We tend to change a little in 70 years." Rapp said. 

70 years since they saw each other, and since they last sang together. The trio used to perform when they were college students at Eastern Illinois University, or as it was called then, Eastern Illinois State Teachers College. The ladies lost touch after graduating. Until by chance, a friend of Pollyana's daughter brought up her music teacher. 

"My daughter's college roommate mentioned that her former music teacher, Libby, was coming back to Marshall to celebrate her 90th birthday. She taught music, and I taught music. So she asked, by chance, did I know her? And I thought for quite awhile, and thought, well heavens yes!"

From there, the women and their families helped organize a reunion with all three members. The women quickly found out--no matter how much time goes by, music can still bring them together. They all live in different parts of Illinois, but all three taught music for many years. 

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