Memory fountain dedicated Saturday

JOINING Mary McLerran, center, on Saturday morning for the dedication of a fountain in memory of her late husband, Olen McLerran, at Morning Star Memory Care were, from left, Lloyd Thomas, contractor for the facility, and Keith Rayl, owner/manager of the facility. — Standard-Radio Post photo

For Mary McLerran, the dedication of a memory fountain at Morning Star Memory Care on Saturday morning was the final step in realizing a dream.

Surrounded by family and friends, McLerran led the short program to dedicate the fountain in memory of her late husband, Olen McLerran.

She explained the journey leading to Saturday’s dedication.

The couple married when they were both in their 70s, and were only married for 16-18 months when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

They sold their home in Cameron and moved to Fredericksburg in May of 2006 to be closer to her daughter in Boerne.

“We did the tourist thing for several months,” McLerran said. “We went walking up and down Main Street, out to Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and drove every direction out of town to see the beautiful Hill Country.”

She remembered, “We were only there six months when he really started declining. All of our carefully thought-out plans just vanished.”

“I was devastated,” McLerran said. “I was in a new town with very few friends and I didn’t know where to start.”

Then, she said, there was an article in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post in February of 2007 by Joe Kammlah titled “Chamber View.”

The headline: “2020 Vision.” He added, “What is your vision for 2020?”

One of his paragraphs stated, “Another goal of 2020 was to look at long-term care for the elderly, and while various organizations have addressed that need, I’m sure we haven’t fully reached that goal.”

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