96-year old woman makes noodles for second straight year at Westfield Friends Church


By Noah Alatza

The Westfield Friends Church, 324 S. Union St, is hosting a chicken noodle lunch for the public Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

Audrey Sheets, noodle maker, pauses with Scott Drlik. (Submitted photo)

The woman responsible for making all of the noodles for last two years might surprise you.

Audrey Sheets is 96. She has been crafting the culinary arts since age 10. She’s been helping with the chicken noodle lunch since the 1980s.

“My parents were farmers,” Sheets said. “I grew up with six brothers and learned early on how to cook.”

Most of the volunteers knew how to make noodles but Sheets said she’s been making them for decades.

“We had taught them a lot on how to make noodles,” Sheets said. “Unbeknownst to them I made them all myself. It usually takes two weeks to make them all, good and dried out.”

The noodles are packaged and frozen prior to the event.

“She has these family gatherings where she fixes most of the food,” fellow churchgoer Linda Steele said. “She started with helping the younger ones who didn’t know how to, and make sure they roll them out right.”

Steele said Sheets also knits and crochets, often to raise money for the church.

“(Linda) and I make quilts throughout the years. We both have quilted and auctioned them off before,” Sheets said. “We made $1,000 on one of the quilts, which went straight to mission work.”

The Westfield Friends Church has hosted the chicken noodle event since the 1950s.

“It seems as though the public has looked forward to having this,” Sheets said. “There is usually a satisfactory turnout.”

For more, visit westfieldfriendschurch.org.


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