Millie’s toes finally touch the sand with help from her daughter

Millie, a 91 year old great-grandmother, is described by her daughter as having, “an amazing talent for being happy and joyful all of the time.” For most of her life, Millie has resided on the Florida coast in the town of Lake Worth, a 4 hour, 210 mile drive from where she resides in Tampa. 

She worked as a middle school English teacher and served as a pastor’s wife throughout her life. She and her husband would often take their three children to nursing homes to sing for the residents. Millie has continued her passion for music by serving fellow residents at her Brookdale community. Millie started and still directs a 27 person choir in her community, calling themselves the “Happy Notes.” They practice weekly and sing every month in the lobby for the community as well as at other events. Millie actively recruits residents for the choir, enthusiastically telling them “we are all getting older, none of us sound great…just come and sing and be happy!”

Millie also has very fond memories of spending a lot of time at the beach with her family. Most Sundays they would go to the ocean after church to spend the afternoon there while enjoying fried chicken. She loves everything about the ocean and misses it very much. Millie has many reasons why returning to her hometown would brighten her life. Being a pastor’s wife for many years in Lake Worth, Millie still has many friends and neighbors in the area that are dear to her.

Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living, sent her and her daughter back to the beautiful Florida coast. While there, Millie was able to visit her husband's gravesite and attend the church that he pastored for so many years. They honored her presence by writing up a special piece in the church bulletin about Millie's wish. Since Millie was not steady enough to walk in the sand down to the beach, in a touching moment, her daughter sweetly brought the sand to her mother so that she could feel the sand between her toes. 

After they returned Millie said, “I felt like a queen! We will enjoy these memories forever!"

Photos courtesy of Colette Lau of The Picture Producer.