98- year-old, Mary L., takes to the skies at last

Mary L., 98, of Bradenton, Florida, has dreamed of being ‘weightless’ since she saw the first man on the moon. Mary has experienced many adventures in her life, and flying a plane was always one that she dreamed of doing. Even at 98 years old, Mary is out to prove that age is just a number. Despite losing friends and loved ones in recent years, Mary’s constant positivity is inspiring to those around her. She has always been very engaged in service and in advocating for others. For many years she was a state hospital volunteer as well as president of the Women’s Club in Maryland for two years before moving to Florida with her husband.

In Florida, she was the president of the women’s golf club, which held over 200 members. Currently, Mary is on the dining committee at her Brookdale community, working to ensure that as many residents are satisfied with their meal options as possible. She has always stayed active in her community and continues to work hard to serve others and improve the world around her. Together, Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living were thrilled to grant this special wish for Mary and honor her longest standing dream. On February 2nd, 2017, Mary took to the skies. Her family and friends were there to wave to her from the ground. Nominator Katie told me that she had never seen Mary so full of life and excited. This day will forever be a special memory to Mary and those who love her.