When you walk into Marquis Shasta, it won’t take you long to learn about Quean, a 72-year-old resident loved for her quick-wit and vibrancy. Though she encountered challenges growing up and faced tremendous loss in her family, she continues to live her life with a truly beautiful affection for others and genuine kindness. When Quean’s son faced hardship,, she went the extra mile on his behalf, advocating for him and making sure he knew he was capable, loved and empowered. At the facility, Quean shines a bright light and always steps in to help as much as she can during outings and activities. Through every season of her life she’s never stopped dreaming.
When Quean first came to Marquis Shasta, she was given the opportunity to share her greatest wishes and dreams. Without hesitation, she said she longed more than anything else to have a covered wagon experience. She’s a dedicated fan of John Wayne’s classic westerns, and believes her grandmother would possibly even have traveled on one in her lifetime.
I’d be the happiest person in this world, one of my dreams would come true,” Quean said about her wish.” I wouldn’t want for nothing else.
Acting together, Marquis Shasta, the Vital Life Foundation and Wish of a Lifetime from AARP partnered to somehow make it happen. They reached out to Access Adventure, an organization that serves thousands of people every year with accessible wagon rides—draft horses and all—in the beautiful countryside of Suisun City, Calif.
On May 20, 2022, Quean got her wagon ride, and it left her crying tears of joy. Since family has always meant so much to her, she was joined by her sister Gloria, brother-in-law Terry, and niece, Lisa, which made the experience even more special.