Perry woman’s dream fulfilled with shopping, lunch

awoolen@macon.comFebruary 26, 2014 

MACON -- Ann Livingston knew what she wanted. A pina colada.

Once a cocktail waitress in her 30s, it used to be her favorite drink.

“I want the alcohol,” she told the waiter, much to the delight of her friends and caregivers from EverCare Hospice & Palliative Care.

The Perry resident was able to enjoy it on the house at Olive Garden on Bloomfield Road Feb. 18 as part of the Dream Foundation’s program that grants wishes for adults who have with less than a year to live. She was also granted a shopping trip at the Macon Mall.

Livingston, 74, was diagnosed with terminal congestive heart disease and was given fewer than six months to live.

Her eyes widened when she saw her drink.

“You guys just go shopping, I’ll keep drinking,” she said.

Belinda Powers, who has been Livingston’s social worker for about two years, said Livingston is always lively.

“She’s a very sassy woman,” Powers said.

Livingston had wanted just a shopping trip out with the girls to buy a few things and to go out for a leisurely lunch, said Powers, who nominated Livingston.

The foundation provided the money for the shopping while Olive Garden provided the complimentary meal.

Livingston was one of 14 children and remembered picking cotton when she was young.

“I’m not a coal miner’s daughter. I’m a poor dirt farmer’s daughter,” she said.

Though she might have been born poor, her wish granted her a $1,000 shopping spree at the Macon Mall where she got new shoes, a purse and 14 blouses.

“They shine like glass,” Livingston said of her black shoes.

After lunch, she and her caregivers headed back to the mall to look for pajamas.

“It takes a long time to shop when you’re my age,” she said.

For her day of shopping, she also got a manicure and a pedicure to look nice for pictures being taken by Powers.

Livingston wore a headband with a pink flower to symbolize her crown for “queen for the day.”

She was joined on her outing by Jacqueline Knight, volunteer nurse at EverCare; Jackie Davis, human services intern at Mercer University; Helen Willoughby, EverCare chaplain; and Kim Dixon, EverCare registered nurse.

Her caregivers said Livingston is like a mother to those who live at the assisted living facility in Perry.

“They call me ‘Nana,’ ” Livingston said.

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