When you ask people to describe Mary they will tell you two things; she was a devoted member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) and she was a beautiful dancer!
No one knows exactly when Mary joined FOE, it was estimated sometime in the 70s or 80s. She spent hours and hours in the kitchen preparing meals and baking. When she retired from her job at Woodman of the World, it wasn’t a typical retirement. Instead of working full-time, she came to FOE Club to clean, fill salt and pepper shakers – whatever needed to be done, she did it. From years, she held the title of State President. As State President, her aeire raised money to build a room at Children’s Hospital in Omaha. One of her daughters, Ann, served as State President after Mary. FOE was very important to Mary.
When Mary wasn’t doing something for the club, she was dancing. She loved to ballroom dance – she even taught ballroom dancing. She attended many dances held at FOE.
April, Director of Social Services, nominated Mary to receive a Dream, because she is a very special person. Being 97 years old with Alzheimer’s and Periphersal Vascular Disease Mary isn’t able to volunteer with FOE anymore. April thought she would enjoy visiting the club one last time.
On a bright, sunny, summer day, Mary arrived at the FOE dressed in a beautiful outfit from our friends at Von Maur. She was surprised and welcomed by 20 familiar faces. Mary spent the afternoon receiving hugs from her past FOE friends, eating chocolate ice cream and enjoying music from the Arthrighteous Brothers. Mary seemed to be right at home!
After the Dream, a member of the FOE messaged Dreamweaver, “Cannot say enough good things about this organization. Witnessed first-hand the wonderful work you do today. God Bless You”.
Thank you to Larry at Fraternal Order of Eagles, Von Maur, Midwest Medical and Carlye from St. Croix Hospice. This Dream wasn’t possible without these partners.