“It went by actually in slow motion, and my dad was in a wheelchair, my brother Paul pushed the chair, Dawson remembers. I held onto them both and it was perfect.” Dawsons father passed away six months later, but the magical memories of him, and a perfect day, will always be there, thanks to the kindness of a stranger. “I thought about my dad,” Kennedy said. “I thought, she wants to have this moment with her dad and it just seemed like the right thing to do to give it to her. But Dawson said Kennedys gesture restored her faith in humanity. “I got so much more than the dress of my dreams. I got hope and generosity and something that hopefully will live on for generations,” Dawson said. The two women plan to meet face-to-face someday. And they want what they now call the sisterhood of the traveling wedding skirt to continue. Dawson plans to give it to another bride who needs it someday. Kennedy loves the idea. There’s more room on her shelf, next to that promised photo from Dawson.
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(Facebook) Amanda Scott’s stepfather from Corsicana, he died, trapped underneath a race car lift. “Rusty was the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. He was just a nice guy,” said Scott, whose mother married him about a decade earlier after a friend introduced them. “Just a good old country boy.” When the chaos subsided, Amanda Scott stepped in her bathroom. Inside, she found her sister’s wedding dress unscathed, still hanging on the shower. A white, strapless, lacy gown amid the rubble and broken glass. Also killed Saturday were Kenneth Hughes, 57, of Van Zandt County; Lucretia Sykes, 49, of Fort Worth; and James Clayton Young, 39, of Alba. Sykes and Young were both in vehicles when the tornadoes hit, officials said. Sykes was on Interstate 20 near FM17; Young was driving on State Highway 64 east of State Highway 243.
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