Fayette Woman and the Citizen are very proud to announce the winners of our 2013 Mother of the Year Contest. We recieved so many wonderful letters and it was difficult to choose a winner. But, we are happy to announce the winner in our 65 and over age group is Brenda Byrd. Brenda was nominated by her daughter Brandi Gregory. Brandi’s nomination letter is posted below. We look forward to delivering the Fayette Woman Swag Bag full of glitter and love from our wonderful sponsors to Brenda. Happy Mother’s Day!
Brenda was the oldest of four. Her father passed in a tragic accident when she was seven. Therefore, she has always been another ‘mom’ to her younger sibling as she grew up. She was always a mom when she didn’t have to be, but chose to, to keep her family going.
My mom was married and had my brother and me later in life. She always worked full time and managed to have dinner on the table each night, and a much love to give, even though she was exhausted.
When I grew up and had three children of my own, my mom insisted she take care of the kids while I was at work. She has bent over backwards to make sure my kids are loved and want for nothing. There is nothing like a “Nana’s” love. Believe me, there were times when my children pointed out when they wanted something, that Nana would do it! To this day, at least once a week she cooks for my family. There have been hard times when we couldn’t afford much and I would come home to a pantry full of food, a home cooked meal waiting on us, or enough money laying there to pay the bills. Because of her, I have wanted for nothing also.
My mom through all of this also took care of her elderly mother and my father’s mother as well. They both were not in good health and she was the one scheduling and taking them to every doctor’s appointment, family function or church activity. My mom has always made a way for everyone else, even when it meant neglecting herself. She is the most selfless person I have ever met. She eventually moved in with her mother, because her health deteriorated so. Mom was by her mother’s side when she passed away in her home, where she would be comfortable and be at peace.
A few years later, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was my time to take care of her. It was hard for her, because she has always been so used to taking care of everyone else. Mom came through with the loss of one of her breast, and heavy chemo treatments cancer free.
The one thing that I want you to know, through all of these struggles, through all of the sickness and hurt, if there was ever one person, be it someone she knows personally, or one that she does not know and was made aware of, she has always given. There have been families she has made sure they had gifts to open at Christmas. There have been those she has provided clothes, meals, food, appliances and even a car.
Are my parents wealthy? Not by any means! But not once has that ever stopped her from giving. This is my opportunity to let the rest of you all know what I am fortunate enough to know and others are too. That my mom, Brenda Byrd, is a mother to many and no matter what, she is Mother of the Year not only this year, but every year.
Thank you so much!