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Daughter says father's marriage shouldn't stand

(ran SS edition of METRO & STATE)

An 85-year-old man suffering from dementia wasn't aware of what was happening at his 1998 wedding, his daughter says in a lawsuit seeking to void the marriage.

Karen Boss maintains that Jerry Wilcox married her father, Clarence Henry Boss, solely for money.

The retired Miami firefighter, who died last Aug. 30, left an estate "in the mid-six figures," according to his daughter's attorney, Tom Saunders of Bartow.

The marriage took place in the Lakeland nursing home where Boss lived.

"The father questioned those witnesses to the ceremony about the nature of what had just occurred, indicating that the father was not fully cognizant of the events surrounding the marriage ceremony or the legal consequences of such a ceremony," Saunders says in the lawsuit.

The Rev. Andrew H. Crews, who performed the ceremony, said the couple met at church a few years before the wedding.

"I would testify under oath that he knew what he was doing. She already had money. She loved him and she took care of him," Crews said.