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82-Year-Old Student Voted College Homecoming Queen

Updated: Tuesday, October 22 2013, 10:16 AM CDT

She's 82 and she's a homecoming queen.  Granny Franny is in college but it's not just her age that makes this story remarkable. It's also how she is inspiring all of the young people she meets.

Frances Wood probably has more knowledge in years than she'll learn in a semester. Still she packs her book bag for class.

"I thought is this really real? Am I really doing this?" she said.

She enrolled at MidAmerica Nazarene University in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe, Kansas after her husband passed away. Heartbroken, she needed something that would bring her joy again.

"I was beginning to get just a little lonely and depressed," Wood said. "I needed something different to do. And believe me this is different."

Frances is the oldest student on campus and the most popular.

"I do get called out Granny Franny. 'Hi Granny Franny' every once in a while and that's been fun," she said.

Students a quarter her age gravitated toward her.

"Students feel loved by her. She's kind of like a grandma away from home," student Konner McIntire said.

They wanted to give it all back, and they did, over the weekend at their homecoming. First she was asked out by not just one boy but three.

"What did I tell you, that you needed to get real girls didn't I?" She told student Dylan Aebersold. He said, "Yes she did say that we need to get real girls that are potential wives."

The three to one group date was one thing then she got a standing ovation.  The school gave her a special place in Homecoming Court, crowning her "Homecoming Granny".

"I could never have imagined all of this," she said.

It's the least they can do for a woman who's teaching them what life is all about.

82-Year-Old Student Voted College Homecoming Queen


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