Strolling into Von Maur was once a familiar shopping destination for Eloise. The working mother of four taught her children everything they know about money and saving. You see, Eloise was a self-taught bookkeeper for almost 29 years for Allied Oil. Probably the best bookkeeper in Omaha too! First National Bank once said she kept the cleanest books.

Eloise passed along her financial wisdom of saving, saving, saving to her children. She also taught them to spend more money on quality, because in the long run, those products would last longer. Her kids remember her being a very nice, classy dresser. She never owned a pair of jeans and she didn’t allow her kids to own a pair either.

Eloise was not only smart and savvy, but she was also handy around the house. Eloise had a passion for flipping houses. She and her family would move into a “fixer upper”, spend a couple of years giving the house a facelift, selling the property and moving on to the next house to flip. To this day, she still reminisces about her days flipping houses.

Now, 96 years old and residing at Florence Home with a dementia diagnosis, Eloise still dresses with style and grace. You will see her strolling the halls of Florence Home with her hair and nails done. April, Social Services Director at Florence Home nominated Eloise to fulfill a Shopping Spree dream at Von Maur. It was a cold, snowy day the perfect day for hours and hours of shopping, Midwest Medical escorted Eloise along with her Immanuel PACE aide to Von Maur. Eloise was welcomed by Dreamweaver Dream Coordinator, her daughter Nancy, and Von Maur Representative, Evelyn.

Evelyn had a dressing room full of beautiful dress pants and colorful blouses for Eloise. Along with her daughter, Nancy, Eloise looked through every piece of clothing. Putting the articles of clothing up to her to see how she would look. After a couple hours of shopping, Eloise chose a couple beautiful outfits that had a classy look but would be comfortable while she scoots around Florence Home.

Eloise’s son, Fred, expressed to Dreamweaver Foundation, “It was an amazing day for my Mom. My mom just could not believe someone would be so nice to make that dream come true for her.”

Thank you Von Maur, Immanuel PACE, Florence Home, and Midwest Medical for partnering with us to fulfill Eloise’s Dream.