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Say Yes to the Dress!

A Kentucky woman waits 100 years to wear her first wedding gown

On Feb. 6, 2012, 99-year-old Dana Jackson became a centenarian. However, it wasn’t just her age that was changing but also her name. In the cafeteria of the Rosewood Health Care Center in Bowling Green, Ky., Jackson married close friend Bill Stauss, 87.

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“We believe the lord kindly put us together,” Jackson said, smiling.

Although she has been married three times in her life, this was Jackson’s first wedding to have both a wedding dress and an engagement ring. Her previous weddings were a direct reflection of her upbringing and lifestyle in Smiths Grove, Ky. — simple.

“Well we was just country people,” Jackson said, "You didn’t do the things you do now. You didn’t have much. You didn’t do much. You didn’t think of finery. It was simple clothes and maybe a bouquet cut out of the yard. And that’s just the way it was. It’s not what you got, it’s what you make out of a marriage.”

“It’s hard to come by a nice woman,” Stauss said. “I never thought I’d get married again, but I found one that’s just as nice as can be. Treats me good. Like a human being should be treated. It’s rare to find a girl like that."

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