Audrey Crabtree, 99, finally gets her high school diploma

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Bob Waters, KWWL

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - Audrey Crabtree sat in the front row next to her granddaughter and daughter at Monday's Waterloo School Board meeting.
She was the guest of honor, receiving her diploma from East High School - eight decades after she left school.

"I feel so much smarter," she said.

Crabtree left to get married and take care of her family way back when. She later ran a flower shop, but told family she had regretted not getting her diploma.

Now, she has it.

"Like I said, I feel so much more intelligence now that I have a diploma" Crabtree said.
She jokes about it, but these Hoover Middle School students told her she's an inspiration and presented her with hand-written cards saying so.

"I don't feel worthy, but it was really ... an inspiration to me and I'm having a hard time keeping my tears back," she said.

But she says she'll proudly show off her new piece of paper at her Cedar Falls retirement facility.
Though it won't change her - not at 99.

"My writing was illegible and my spelling was original and I don't think graduating from high school would have made a difference in that area."


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