Son moves up wedding so dying mom can attend

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A mother's dying wish, to see her son get married has been fulfilled.

Eloise Shuck, a resident at the North Platte Care Center, has a fatal diagnosis of stomach cancer. Her son, Josh Jones, and his fiance, Stephanie Savage, had planned for a September wedding in Colorado where they live, but decided to move the wedding up to Saturday so Shuck could attend.

Jones said he called the nursing home Thursday asking if they could use a small room for a ceremony there. Director of Social Services for the North Platte Care Center, Neva Cooper said we can do better than that.

Cooper called an all staff meeting and they began planning not only a ceremony, but also a reception afterward. The staff began bringing in decorations and offering to help with set up and clean up.

The photography was donated by Rebecca Knapp and Westfield Floral donated the floral arrangements including Eloise's corsage. The brides parents, Tim and Maryanne Savage, flew in from Cape Cod, Massachusetts for the last minute nuptials.

"[I feel] just excitement to see him get married," said Shuck.

"I feel the same way. I just feel so grateful that my mom was able to here to share this moment with us, yeah definitely excited," said Jones. "It's been fantastic, they have just been so great they've helped us with everything here so this wouldn't have been possible without them," said Jones speaking of the nursing home.

"Ms. Eloise is part of our family," said Cooper with the NPCC," This is what you do for family!"