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.”