Celebrity Mother of the Year . . . NOT By Stephen M. Silverman Published on October 12, 1998 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email It’s getting so you can’t trust anybody anymore. Patricia Downey, 58, has relinquished her title of Nebraska Mother of the Year after she admitted that she had nominated herself (a contest no-no) and had forged her son’s signature on a letter of support. Downey, the mother of eight sons, stepped down from her position this week after a skirmish broke out within her own family. While five of her sons supported Nebraska’s choice of their mom as the state’s top mother, three of the Downey boys disagreed. Son Greg, in fact, considered the award to his mom to be a scandal. Never before in the Nebraska Mother of the Year’s 65-year history has it ever lost a mother, but because there were no other candidates other than Downey in this year’s competition, the position will remain unfilled.