Westover woman turns 101, gets birthday wish

WESTOVER, W.Va (WDTV) - Do you remember some of your birthday wishes in the past?

They might have been a toy when you were a kid, or something a bit more expensive as you got older.

For a woman from Westover celebrating her 101st birthday, she wanted to go back home.

Audrey Brooks celebrated her big day on Friday. For the last few years, she has been living at the Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown.

"When we were able to come in and take her out to the restaurants, we would go and say where do you want to eat," said her son, Stephen Brooks. "Most times it was either Long John Silvers or Kentucky Fried Chicken. When we couldn't take her out anymore, we'd go out and bring it in to her."

Brooks came to Westover from Jefferson County in order to celebrate with his mom. He tries to visit every three or four weeks, but wanted to make sure she got what she wanted on her birthday.

"She loves her family, and she likes getting to the house," Brooks said. "She'd love to be able to come home and stay, but she needs the 24 hour care."

Some of you might remember her as an elementary school teacher in Monongalia County.

"About 23 years," Audrey said.

That was teaching mainly at Suncrest Elementary School.

"I liked that," she said.

All in all, Brooks and the family want Audrey to be able to have a quality of life outside of the nursing home.

"It gives her hope," he said. "Something to look forward to every year -- to get out and be able to see her stuff, family come in."