In Memory of RADM Mac Showers, USN (Ret.)

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It is with great sadness that we write to tell you of the passing of a great friend to Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook and ProAging, RADM Mac Showers, USN (Ret.) on Friday, October 19.

Mac was a great friend to the Alzheimer’s Association.  He served on the board of directors of the former Northern Virginia Chapter and current National Capital Area Chapter for many years and shared his time, energy and compassion as a support group leader, Helpline counselor, education program presenter, and community outreach volunteer.  A true champion of the Alzheimer’s cause, Mac represented the Association on Capitol Hill to advocate for more research funding and policies to improve health care and support for people with dementia and their caregivers.  Mac’s generosity included his financial support of our events, campaigns and education programs, including the Billie Showers Research Symposium.  In 2004, the Alzheimer’s Association proudly recognized Mac and his many contributions by honoring him with the first Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Caregiving Award at the inaugural Alzheimer’s Gala in Washington, DC.

For 20 years, Mac was a devoted caregiver for his wife Billie, who died in November 2002.  Even when Billie was in the later stages of the disease and being cared for at the Lutheran Home, Mac never missed his visits with the woman he called the girl of his dreams.  When asked why, he simply smiled and said “It’s just where I belonged.”

While arrangements for Mac’s interment with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery have not been finalized, his family invites you to recognize Mac’s passing and celebrate his life at a memorial service on Thursday November 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Faith Lutheran Church, located at 3313 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201.  Parking at the church is limited. There is a small parking lot at the front of the church with overflow parking at the rear. Some street parking may also be available.

Mac’s dedication to his wife and family, his service to his country, and his tireless support of the Alzheimer’s Association and other community activities tell the story of how one person can truly make a difference. He was an inspiration and will be deeply missed by us all.

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