Pull out the tissues, because you’re going to need them for this story. While we all know that love is a many-splendored thing, it’s not often that you hear a story as sweet as this one.
On Feb. 6, a bride nervously adjusted her headdress, smoothed her dress and fidgeted with her hair. Dana Jackson was getting married to her sweetheart Bill Stauss, and while it wasn’t her first trip down the aisle, the nerves had kicked in. While this all sounds fairly typical of nuptial nerves, Dana Jackson was not your average blushing bride. You see, she went down the aisle on her 100th birthday. Her beau? A mere 87 years old, and nearly blind so he couldn’t see his bride until she was within an arm’s reach of him.
The couple wed in a ceremony at the Rosewood Health Care Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where both reside. Jackson’s daughters had helped her prepare for the big day and she was glamorous in a white gown as she rolled down the aisle to greet Stauss. The celebration was attended by almost 100 people, including some of the couple’s children, who crowded into a flower-and-candle-filled room at the Center. Tears slipped from Stauss’ eyes at the site of his bride. The pair met two years ago at an adult day care center and now that they are married they can live in the same room at their nursing home. “I feel 50,” Jackson told BG Daily News. “I don’t feel 100.” See? Told you that you would need tissues.