When Gramma Couldn't Make the Wedding, the Wedding Came to Gramma

When a Mansfield woman wound up in a hospital, it appeared she would have to miss the wedding of her grandson. So the blissful couple brought the wedding to her. "It's their choice, it's their lives, but I'm so glad that they included me," Evelyn Rector told KXAS-TV (NBC5). The 77-year-old was admitted to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center on Nov. 27 and diagnosed with diverticulitis, a dangerous condition in which pouches that form over time in the colon become inflamed or infected. Shelby Barber, 22, who was engaged to Rector's 22-year-old grandson, Taylor Rector, wondered if it might be possible to move the ceremony to the hospital. So hospital officials offered the use of its chapel and even baked a cake. "She said, 'Gramma, we think we're going to get married here,'" Evelyn Rector recalled the bride saying. "So, I was like, 'You would do that for me?'"Taylor Rector said the thought of having his grandmother miss his wedding was unthinkable. "It is about the bride and the groom, but it's also about family, and you have to have your family there with you," he said. The ceremony, which took place Friday, made Evelyn Rector's hospital stay just a little more bearable, she said. "It's been a crazy whirl," she said.Getting around in DeSotoDeSoto is taking the first step toward improving transportation options for people who have trouble getting around.A small, $38,000 grant funded through the city's Community Development Block Grant program will take effect Jan. 1 and will provide for cab rides for low- and moderate-income residents, Assistant City Manager Lora Stallings said.Residents who meet HUD income requirements will receive a monthly $100 transportation voucher on a card to ride in Yellow Cab taxis to doctors' appointments, trips to the grocery store, pharmacy and other like destinations.The funding on the cards will renew each month, and any amount left on them will transfer to the next month, Stallings said.  Continue reading...

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