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Missing OH woman talks with grandmother for first time in 10 years

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(NBC) - It was a phone call like no other and the voice at the other end was what Fern Gentry had been waiting nearly 10 years to hear.

Fern Gentry, Amanda Berry's grandmother, "just cried and was happy and I told her I loved her and I missed her and I prayed for her.  Oh my God.  I mean, it was just so great."

Gentry is the grandmother of Amanda Berry, who went missing nearly 10 years ago,after being abducted in Cleveland, Ohio where she lived.

Fern Gentry, "We get a call that night. She's missing. She was on her way home."

Gentry says all she had was her faith to rely on as she and her family hoped for closure.

"We had gotten so many hopes. We got so many times that they said they had found her and they hadn't found her. And every time you got your hopes up and then it fell again."

It's been a stressful time for the family filled with worry and dread.

Fern Gentry, "You know that probably she's dead.  You know she's been killed."

But there was never any closure in the case.

The phone rang Monday night, Amanda had been found.

"I had kind of accepted that she was gone.  But then when I heard she was alive it was hard to think that she was. I couldn't hardly believe it at first."

She says it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't a dream.

Fen Gentry, "It was like a big weight had been lifted off of me.  It's like here she is.  Even though I can't hold her there her voice is."

"Great Mother's day.  Can't ask for no better."

It wasn't the ending she'd expected, but it was the one she'd prayed for.

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