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Always a Bridesmaid, Finally a Bride

Posted April 22, 1999

— A Johnston County woman has worn more bridesmaid dresses than she can remember. But Saturday, she will finally wear a dress she will never forget.

"This is basically my wedding bag. I have folders for everything. It's the only way I can stay organized," said Beth Bass.

If there is anyone who understands weddings, it is Bass.

"I can't remember if it's 29 or 30 times that I've been a bridesmaid, and I've probably sung in at least that many. In a couple, I've done both," explained Bass.

But this time, it is her turn. Saturday, Beth says "I do." She will walk the aisle with some of the same friends who asked her to be in their weddings.

"They can tell you I've called them saying 'what did you do with this and how many of this did you order?' I had never been in that role before," said Bass.

"She has not been too bad. She has not worried us about it or anything over it. She's been pretty much under control," said bridesmaid Jo Anna Chrismon.

"I'm sure this will be the most special day she's ever had, and I'm sure it will be for her dad and me, too. We'll probably cry. I'm sure we will because I cry at all weddings," said Sue Bass, mother of the bride.

Her future husband knows that Bass' history as a bridesmaid is proof that she is someone special.

"You can tell that she's a special lady. All her friends really love her, and she's been in a lot of weddings. She's very looked up to and does very well. She's a real special lady," said groom Gary Greenwaldt.

Saturday, that special lady will enjoy her big day.

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