Ms. Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center, Edna Farrell, Opelika, Age 89

Ms. Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center, Edna Farrell, Opelika, Age 89

Brooklyn, New York, played a big role in the early stages of Edna Farrell’s life. That’s where she was born, met her husband and gave birth to their three children.

Life in the Big Apple came to an end soon after Edna and her husband John graduated from Cornell University’s nursing school. John joined the U.S. Army as a registered nurse. That took the family many different places during his military career including Fort Benning, Georgia.

“Of all the places we lived, Hawaii was my favorite by far,” Ms. Farrell said.

Edna was very busy during all of the family moving adventures. She had to fulfill the responsibilities of a military wife, raise the children and work full-time as a nurse for the Army Cadet Corp.

Edna’s pace of life slowed down some when John passed away after 40 years of marriage.

About four years ago she began a new adventure by relocated to Auburn to be closer to her youngest son. She soon fell in love with the quaint college town, and joined Auburn’s Trinity United Lutheran Church.

In 2013, she moved to Opelika to live at Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center. The facility has been the perfect place for Edna’s bubbly personality.

“I’m president of the Red Hat Society,” Ms. Farrell said. “I can’t wait to get together with my fellow Red Hatters to discuss the ‘hot topics’ of the day.”

When she’s not chatting with friends, you’ll often hear her beautiful voice singing old Christian hymns. And right on schedule, she never misses the coffee and doughnuts social each Tuesday morning.

“We never know where Ms. Farrell’s quick wit and sharp mind will take us next,” Arbor Springs Administrator Mark Traylor said. “She’s very active and tries to inspire other residents to get involved.”

Ms. Farrell’s next adventure begins July 28 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 post on Facebook to show your support.

For more information about the pageant, click here.

This is the first in a series of stories about the top 10 finalists for the 2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 15, we’ll post a story about Ms. Burns Nursing & Rehab Jewel Arrington.