Freddie Douglas finds beauty in everything around her. In flowers, pictures, waterfalls and most importantly friends.

She’s found all of those things and more at her home for the past two years, Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center.

“I enjoy living in this facility, it has a home like environment,” Freddie said. “The facility is beautiful inside and out. It reminds me of home, flower gardens, a gazebo surrounded by many colorful flowers and a waterfall.”

Just like springtime flowers, everyone who meets Freddie sees a personality in full bloom. She never meets a stranger and her bright smile and sweet words always offer encouragement. Pictures of her many friends and family adorn the walls of her room.

“Living in the nursing home has helped me to stay motivated,” Freddie said. “Many people are here to mingle with. At home, I didn’t get a chance to meet, greet and be a part of such activities that keep me with a quality lifestyle.”

At the nursing home, Freddie started a writing ministry. She’ll pen inspirational notes, prayers and book marks and gives them to people needing an encouraging word. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she worships at the church services, plays bingo and attends every party.

“Ms. Douglas is outgoing, loves engaging others and always sees the best in people,” Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center Administrator Mattie Banks said. “She has a willing spirit and is ready to assist where she’s needed.”

A life-long Birmingham resident, Freddie volunteered with the Red Cross and Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity, worked the polls during elections and planted flowers at her neighborhood’s entrance sign that earned a beautification award.

Freddie and her husband, Otis Douglas, Jr., were married for 45 years. She has three daughters, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

You can rest assured Freddie’s colorful personality will blossom on July 27 when she competes as a top 10 finalist at the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant in Birmingham. You can leave words of encouragement in the comments section below or share this article on social media to show your support.

For more information about the pageant, click here.

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a 10 part series about the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 15, we’ll post a story about Ms. Cherokee County Health & Rehab Center Freddie Harkness.