A father has fulfilled his dy!ng wish to walk all seven of his daughters down the aisle. US army veteran Willie Shelton, from Ohio, had terminal cancer, but according to his wife Cheryl, there was just one thing he really wanted to do before he died. And less than two weeks before he passed away, Willie’s family surprised him and made his wish come true.
With help from a hospice, the plan came together in a matter of days – and it was all kept a secret from Willie. One of his daughters, Emily Flinn, was already married, but she’d tied the knot in a simple courthouse ceremony, which meant Willie hadn’t been able to give her away properly. So the family decided Emily would have a proper ceremony to renew her vows, where her father could walk her down the aisle.
What Willie didn’t know, however, was that his other six daughters were also going to be wearing wedding dresses and walking down the aisle too. When each daughter emerged in a white gown, they got to see the gleam in their father’s eye as if it was their real wedding day.
“I always assumed that my dad would be there to walk me down the aisle and when the possibility was there that he wasn’t going to be able to – this was everything,” said Lindsey Shelton. Willie was even helped out of his wheelchair to stand alongside his daughters.
“This was very touching for him and it was a dream that we could fulfill to the best or the closest we could possibly do,” said Cheryl.
On October 16, less than two weeks after the ceremony, Willie died.
A FINAL WISH.Willie Shelton's wife says he had one great wish during his fight with terminal "I want to see my girls grow up," says Cheryl Shelton "and I want to walk them down the aisle,'" He has 7 daughters. and cancer would prevent him from seeing them grow but it's the second part of that wish that they could grant.In 3 days they planned a very special secret wedding ceremony.One of the seven daughters is already married so they told their dad she wanted to renew her vows.Emily Flinn says "We got married at a courthouse so there wasn't the formality to it where he could actually give me away," .Three days later Willie put on his dress uniform for this backyard ceremony and then one by one each of his daughters came out of the house, all in wedding gowns.HIs wife said, "He looked a little confused , and then it was just great to see everybody. This was very touching for him and it was a dream that we could fulfill to the best or the closest we could possibly do," .They also had a father-daughter ceremony performed by Millersburg Christian Church Pastor Wes McElravy, and Willie was helped out of his wheelchair to stand with his daughters and experience his greatest wish."I always assumed that my dad would be there to walk me down the aisle and when the possibility was there that he wasn't going to be able to — this was everything," said Lindsey Shelton.Less than two weeks after the ceremony, on Monday, October 16, Willie Shelton passed away.All seven are getting a locket with a photo of their father with them in a wedding dress, and the words, "a father's love never ends," engraved on the back.
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However, each daughter will be able to have a little piece of their father with them on their wedding day – the women were each given a little heart-shaped locket containing a picture of them in their wedding dresses and Willie and engraved with “a father’s love never ends” on the back.
“He was the happiest person, the most giving person, and this was our chance to give him something,” said Jennifer.
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