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Cape Girardeau grandmother named one of the top 10 grandmothers in Missouri

The Development Company called Patricia Boyd to give her the news that she was selected in a statewide search from over 400 other grandmas. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) The Development Company called Patricia Boyd to give her the news that she was selected in a statewide search from over 400 other grandmas. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
"Emily wrote that essay. That's what sets me apart. Emily is articulate. She wanted to write the essay and I was just lucky, and I do appreciate it. It is an honor. It really is," Boyd said. (Source: Dee Dee Boyd) "Emily wrote that essay. That's what sets me apart. Emily is articulate. She wanted to write the essay and I was just lucky, and I do appreciate it. It is an honor. It really is," Boyd said. (Source: Dee Dee Boyd)
During his fight with leukemia Boyd stayed by his side. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) During his fight with leukemia Boyd stayed by his side. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
Mrs. Boyd will be honored on September 10. at a celebration in Marceline - the hometown of Walt Disney. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) Mrs. Boyd will be honored on September 10. at a celebration in Marceline - the hometown of Walt Disney. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Most people would argue that their grandmother is the best.

The Magic of Marceline Development Company selected 10 Missouri grandmas that they thought were the best in the state.

One of them happens to be from right here in the Heartland.

Patricia Boyd lives in Cape Girardeau and said she wouldn't call herself the best grandma.

She doesn't see herself as any different than most, but her granddaughter Emily Boyd from Sikeston, Missouri thought differently - and nominated her.

When she got the call, Boyd said she couldn't believe it.

"He said, 'oh, you're one of the 10 best grandmothers.' I thought – 'oh, yeah, right,'" Boyd said.

The Development Company called Boyd to tell her she had been selected in a statewide search from more than 400 other grandmas.

Boyd said what sets her apart from the others is simple.

"Emily wrote that essay," she said. "That's what sets me apart. Emily is articulate. She wanted to write the essay and I was just lucky, and I do appreciate it. It is an honor. It really is."

Dan Porrevecchio from the organization said Boyd stood out.

Her commitment to family, strength of character and ability to inspire her grandkids even through hard times.

To be recognized, Emily had to write an essay about her grandmother.

"I haven't seen the essay yet," Boyd said.

So I read it to her.

"She's always told me how proud she is of me, and to keep studying, and to work hard to reach my goals. she has taught me to put others before you, has a positive outlook on life, and that family is important."

Boyd was touched by her granddaughter's letter and her response was simply put.

"Well, I guess that's true," Boyd said.

Emily isn't her only grandchild.

She has four and lost a grandson, Jacob, to leukemia in 2001.

"He was a sweetie," she said. "It was the worst thing that's ever happened actually."

During his fight with the disease Boyd stayed by his side.

"When he first got sick I had just retired and so Dee Dee and I went to Memphis I was with her for emotional support and errands and this kind of thing."

Through it all she stayed positive and strong for her family.

Even after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and lost her husband to colon cancer almost three years ago.

"I guess I didn't look at it that way, you know, you do what needs to be done, and so, I did. I don't regret a minute of it. In fact, it was lovely. It really was."

It's that perspective that set her apart from so many others.

"Every grandmother could be the best grandma," Boyd said. "You just don't always have somebody to write that essay for you. I've been lucky. I have been."

Mrs. Boyd will be honored on Saturday, September 10 at a celebration in Marceline, the hometown of Walt Disney.

Porrevecchio from the Magic Marceline Development Company said the basis of the honor is to recognize grandmothers that have the same values that Mr. Disney and the state of Missouri share.

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