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Canton widow moves into first new home years in the making

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CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Canton widow is starting a new life with the gift of a dream come true.

Months of labor by Habitat for Humanity and Nissan have materialized into a new home for a family overcoming tragedy.  

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"This is gonna mean everything to me and my son," said Mildred Daughtery. "I just can't wait to move in".

She toured her first new home for the very first time Wednesday, wanting to be surprised at its completion. 

The daycare worker is finally realizing the dream of home ownership years in the making.

"Where I live, it was hard," said Daughtery. "Like when I came home to park, I had to park way down and walk to my apartment and sometimes it would be raining and I had to tote my groceries."

The 44-year-old's husband Eddie, a mechanic, was killed on Veteran's Day 2002 when he stopped to help a stranded motorist and was hit by another vehicle. 

"We take otherwise derelict and abandoned housing or empty lots and we turn them into homes where people pay property taxes," said Habitat for Humanity MS Capital Area Executive Director Merrill McKewen. "They become a part of the community. So having his house and we actually own the lot next door so we're gonna build another Habitat House".

120 Nissan workers spent eight weeks constructing the three bedroom, two bath home.

"We presented her with framed photographs with some memories of how we got here and the other thing is we presented her with a check for $2,000 from Miskelly Furniture, because she's got a beautiful house now," said Steve Marsh Nissan Vice President of Manufacturing. "We hope she's gonna put some beautiful furniture in there."

"Home is the heart. It's the heart and love," added the excited new homeowner.

Daughtery and her son Eddie Jr. move into their new home this weekend.

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