The Truth Staff
Amanda West and her family and friends celebrated her 101 birthday on Wednesday, May 10, with a drive-by party in the front of her home at 1406 Hoag Street, the same house that West and her family moved into almost 70 years ago.
Celebrating with the young lady were her children, Vera West, James West, Gregory West and Lucinda Peoples – the four surviving siblings of the original nine. Also, part of the festivities was Armanda’s sister, Cordelia Roberts, who has lived around the corner, on Grandview, from her sister for all these decades.
West, who was born in DeKalb, Mississippi, and her family relocated to Toledo from Osceola, Arkansas in 1945, originally living with Armanda’s mother on Fernwood before moving into the Hoag residence.
Drive by guests started arriving at 4 pm, honking and shouting birthday greeting to Amanda and her family with the usual gifts and cards. However, they were themselves presented with gift bags from the family!
Former Toledo City Councilman Larry Sykes was one such guest who arrived to offer his greetings and well wishes and, as a symbol of the occasion, his own special gift – a 100 dollar bill and a single.