By Stacy Smith
Returning to her hometown of Greenville with a police escort last August, the newly reigning Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Association 2016, Millie McDonald, joyfully embraced the service opportunities associated with her newly awarded title.
Ms. Millie, as her friends call her, enjoyed the paparazzi, and used the opportunity the title afforded to share encouragements with all who she touched. Her reach went far.
The Greenville Advocate reported that, at her Celebration Reception, her blue eyes sparkled almost as much as her tiara, as family, friends, former music students, local dignitaries, and fellow Crowne Health Care residents and staff lauded her with congratulations. Those attending included friends from across the state, including some who drove three and a half hours from Huntsville.
McDonald taught music and voice in Butler County Public Schools for 45 years, and continued working part-time with schools throughout the county after her retirement. She also performed as a guest vocalist at many area churches, and as the music director for numerous area revivals.
With this in mind, Butler County School System Superintendent Amy Bryan decided to surprise system employees at the start of school in-service training in 2016 with a special address from Ms. Millie.
McDonald’s remarks included, “Some say the students are our future. But I say, ‘You are the future now.’ Our students do not have a future without you, the employees of the Butler County School System.”
Her remarks earned an extraordinary standing ovation by the more than 200 public school staff and board of education members, and quite a few hugs.