On Wednesday, May 7, Alanna (Lanni) Marie Boyd, age 20, did not lose her battle, but moved on from its grip. Alanna was born Jan. 3, 1994, in Billings. Lanni was a life embracing, loving and very special young woman. She always possessed the unique ability of making those around her smile and glow, always trying 110 percent to grant the wishes of others. She was uniquely selfless. Alanna was a 2013 graduate of Billings West High School. Apart from being with her friends and family, she enjoyed taking walks, writing, singing and listening to music. During her stay in Seattle’s Ronald McDonald House she became an inspiration to many others fighting similar battles. Her main focus was of the others, not herself. Alanna did not ever complain, but only saw the positives during the duration of her fight. Everyone can learn from this magnificent young woman that even in the darkest situations there will always be light.
Alanna is survived by her parents Cindy and Glenn White of Billings, Alan and Deanne Boyd of Sand Point, Idaho; sisters April Boyd and Brittnie Boyd; brothers Dalton Boyd and Rickey Boyd; half sister Tyann Parton; nephews Bradye and Landyn; grandmother Neyla Boyd; grandfather Nick Hill; and numerous cousins and friends. Lanni will be joining her beloved grandmother Pat Hill.
Alanna’s family will have a memorial service at Parkhill Assembly of God church on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. The family will also be hosting a memorial rodeo in Sand Point, Idaho, in Lanni’s name to raise money for families whose children are experiencing similar battles as well as to donate to the Ronald McDonald House charities.
It is the families wish that Alanna’s light will live on in those that knew and loved her.