3 Daughters Marry on Last Day of Mom's Life
Swales sisters help mom's dream come true before she passes away
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2013 8:26 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Becky Swales' dream: to see her three daughters get married. Georgia sisters Jodie, Sarah, and Kaylee Swales were already engaged, Fox Atlanta reported earlier this month, and when they found out their mother—who'd been fighting breast cancer for four years—had just months to live, they decided on a triple wedding. They picked Oct. 26 as the date, giving them less than a month to plan. But, Fox Atlanta reports, they found out last week Swales' time was running even shorter, so they pushed up the ceremony to Sunday. Their mom watched from the front row, and then passed away early yesterday.

Dad Otis Swales walked all three of his daughters down the aisle, and Jodie called their wedding day "bittersweet" before the ceremony. "We are happy that she's here, but this will probably be the last big thing that we do with her," she said. She posted this afterward on Facebook: "She was the most beautiful person I knew, and I bet she is the most beautiful angel." When the family's story first made headlines, donations poured in to help give the sisters a dream wedding. The reception they planned, at a donated venue, will still be held Oct. 26. (In Ohio this weekend, a team of volunteer medical professionals helped a dying dad walk his daughter down the aisle.)

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Oct 15, 2013 5:01 PM CDT
"Their mom watched from the front row, and then passed away early yesterday. " Yes, I choked up when I read that. But it is unfortunate something like this was so important to their mom: that her values in this short life, of all possible things, was just for her girls to enter into a binding partnership with a male human, as if marriage really is some magical sacrament of enormous import. All people all over the globe practice marriage. That is the most wretched and starving and war torn and both smart and stupid persons engage robotically in this ceremony. People poured in donations for an affair that leaves nothing durable to show for it and that will do them utterly no good as a mere memory. Such huge sums do nothing but enlarge the coffers of those who sell or rent tuxedos and wedding gowns; own wedding halls; photographers; wedding bands and caterers; but people sent their money for this rather than thousands of more pragmatic purposes. "8.8 years is the average length of an American marriage"; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/us-divorce-rate that is first marriage http://theoffparent.com/tag/divorce-statistics-2013-infographic/ "However, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher." http://www.apa.org/topics/divorce/
Oct 15, 2013 4:45 PM CDT
I'm happy the Mom got to see all three of her daughters get married but it just breaks my heart to know she passed away the next day. Too sad. : (
Oct 15, 2013 3:20 PM CDT
What a heart wrenching story! So sad to hear, mother passed away, but the daughters gave mother her last wish! What a great group of sisters! My best to all for your new life with your spouses. My condolences on the passing of your mother. She is in Heaven watching over all of you!