In a touching moment, a woman stood beside her great-great-granddaughter as the matron of honor at her wedding.
Juanita Courtney, lovingly known as Nanny, was there to witness the nuptials of Ashley and Josh Stewart which took place at The Pointe at Lifespring in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Dec. 24.
Courtney’s husband, Paul, died Jan. 26, 2006. The couple would’ve celebrated their 59th anniversary six days after Paul’s death, Courtney’s daughter, Vicki Howard, said in a statement released to Fox News by The Pointe at Lifespring.
"They loved Jesus, loved each other and loved their family," Howard said.
This wedding was part of The Pointe at Lifespring’s Living the Dream program. One resident is selected each quarter and a dream is fulfilled off their bucket list, Julie Sharp, director of sales and marketing at The Pointe, told Fox News.
Staff at the senior living community bought Courtney’s dress and arranged to have her hair and makeup done. A bouquet was made to replicate the flowers Courtney carried when she was married in the 1940s.
Courtney has three children, eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren with a sixth on the way. About 34 family members attended the Christmas Eve wedding.
Howard said the last Christmas spent as a "big family" was Christmas Eve in 2005, which was her father Paul’s last Christmas.
"Their home was filled with love, a safe place," Howard said of her parents. "A very humble home, and everyone felt loved with snacks or [a] meals and a place to talk and laugh and just be together as a family."
Ashley and Josh’s Christmas Eve wedding was extra special with Nanny being part of the celebration, according to Howard.