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Ohio Teen Takes His “Best Girl” to the Prom: His Great-Grandmother

by Norris Law Group on May 5, 2014

On Friday, May 2, the Deseret News featured a story about Austin Dennison, a student at Parkway High School in Rockford, OH. When seeking a date to take to his high school prom on April 26, 19-year-old Austin asked none other than his 89-year-old great-grandmother, Dolores Dennison. 1399072629000-Austin-Dennison-and-Great-Grandma

Austin, an Eagle Scout and member of his high school football, baseball and basketball teams, said that he got the idea from Mr. Minnich, one of his high school teachers: “Mr. Minnich told me that his older brother had taken his grandma to the prom…I asked Grandma if she would be my date to the prom and she said that she would be honored. I told her that it would be my privilege.”

According to FoxNews, Austin’s “Granny D.D.” did not go to her own prom, as money was very tight when she was in high school during World War II. Remembering this along with Mr. Minnich’s story, Austin decided to ask the now widowed Mrs. Dennison to do him the honor of being his date for the prom. Dolores was happily surprised, but also concerned that due to the state of her health, she would not be able to dance very much and that Austin wouldn’t have much fun. She encouraged him to take a girl his own age, but her great-grandson was undaunted: “He was so sweet and adamant about it…I asked him, ‘But are you sure that you wouldn’t like to take one of the young ladies who could get out there and do everything with you?’ He said no, ‘I want you.’”

At first, they had some difficulty in finding Dolores a suitable dress for the event. She says, “We were looking at the young girls dresses. None of those dresses would be OK for me…They were either too high or too low and I didn’t want any of that.” She finally settled on a powder blue dress with a matching clutch for “necessities—my nitro and my puffer that I use for breathing.”After a private serenade from Austin and dinner at one of Dolores’ favorite restaurants, Bob Evans, the May-December couple set out for the prom. There, Dolores was surprised and touched that Austin requested in her honor “Kisses from Delores,” a Frank Sinatra song that her late husband used to sing to her.

Dolores had only nice things to say about her erstwhile young date: “He was a perfect gentleman. He was everything you would expect of a young man.” Fox News quotes Austin as saying: “I respect my elders greatly…They have a great influence on my life. To be able to sit down and talk to them and learn from them and their experiences is a great thing.” Although other Parkway students were elected to wear crowns that evening, Dolores and Austin may have been the “sentimental favorites” for “king and queen” of the prom.

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