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High School Senior Goes to Prom With Her Mother

June 11, 1988

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) _ Jacqueline Bliss finally attended her high school senior prom, with her daughter as her date, two decades and three children after she quit school to support her mother.

Sonya Bliss, 20, a senior at Hope High School in Providence, pulled up at a hotel with her mother in a gray Cadillac limousine Thursday night, both of them in lace dresses.

Mrs. Bliss, 41, had never been to a prom. She left high school to support her mother, and went back to school to obtain a high school equivalency diploma.

″My mother asked me who I was going with to the prom,″ Sonya said, ″and I told her, ‘None of your business.’ I finally told her on Mother’s Day. She cried.″

″I felt so good inside for a daughter to think that way,″ Mrs. Bliss said.

Family members chipped in to rent the limo and buy the corsage and prom tickets. But finding the dress wasn’t as easy.

″She wanted me to wear something with bows, like a Cinderella dress,″ Mr. Bliss said with a laugh. ″I told her it wasn’t appropriate. I’m too old for that.″

They settled on a long, black lace dress.

″She felt I’d be embarrassed in front of the other kids to bring my mother,″ said Sonya, who is graduating after five years in high school. ″I could care less what they think. I love her and that’s what matters.″

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