Fayetteville woman surprised on her 90th birthday with drive-by parade

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Known for her quick wit and spirited volunteerism, Lita Eskew is a staple in the Fayetteville community. On Tuesday, she turned 90.

Her family was going to take a trip for her 90th birthday to have a big party, but of course that was cancelled, so the community came together to wish her well in a parade by her house.

She was overwhelmed with emotion to see her friends drive by, honk their horns and leave cards and presents on her big day.

“For the first time in my life, 90 years, this is the first time I have been speechless. What happened here today just touched me in a way that I will never be able to express. The cars coming by, the friends. It was just unbelievable,” she said.

Eskew said that the only thing that would have made the celebration better was if her late husband, Kenny, could have been there.

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.