93-year-old gets 'cloud 9' birthday surprise

By LaKecia Shockley - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - It was not your typical birthday cake party surprise, but for Frances Thompson, getting to a take a helicopter ride is a long awaited birthday wish that has now come true.

"I was just blown over!" said Thompson. "I was really surprised. You know, he told me we were going to do something different, but I had no idea what it was."

At 93, Thompson is a lively little lady.

"I guess I thought it was just something I never had done," laughed Thompson. "And, now I have done that."

To celebrate her 93rd birthday her family loaded her up on a east Texas helicopter for a ride of her lifetime... A birthday gift for Thompson that she thought she'd never receive.

"Well, I don't always share it with my family because it comes at the wrong time," said Thompson. "Everybody was broke by the time my birthday came along."

With all this energy, it's no wonder Thompson's family calls her the jazziest little lady. Now, she can add "Helicopter-Queen-of-the-Day" to her list. Thompson says the birthday surprise is sure to be a memory that she will never forget and thankfully her family wasn't broke.

Mrs. Frances says she doesn't know her wish just yet for next year's birthday. She will celebrate her official birthday Wednesday, December 30th.

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