2018 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant
Top 10 Finalists Chosen for 2018 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant
MONTGOMERY – Sixty-one nursing home residents are expected to gather Monday, July 30, at 2:00 p.m. for the 35th annual Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. The winner will serve as a spokesperson for nursing home residents and the Alabama Nursing Home Association (ANHA). The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover.
“These ladies are proof that we can all make a difference regardless of our age or ability,” ANHA President & CEO Bill O’Connor said. “Each one is a wonderful ambassador of her nursing home. I encourage you to attend the pageant and help us celebrate the contributions these ladies make in their nursing home and the community.”
Preliminary judging was held in Montgomery to narrow the field of 61 contestants to the top 10 finalists. Contestants are evaluated on their outlook on life, personality, poise and involvement in their individual nursing homes.
The top 10 finalists for the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant are:
- Ms. Camden Nursing Facility, Dora Estes, Camden, Age 87 – picture
- Ms. Estes was born in Thermal, California, and lived in several places from the State of Washington to Bangor, Maine, because her husband worked in construction building dams. At age 40, enrolled at Wallace Junior College (Wallace Community College Selma) and became a registered nurse.
- Ms. Cherokee County Health & Rehab Center, Freda Smith, Centre, Age 81 – picture
- A native of West Virginia, Ms. Smith was unable to walk when she moved to Cherokee County Health & Rehab Center a year ago. Thanks to her own determination and a lot of therapy, she can now walk with the assistance of a walker. Ms. Smith lived in Sevierville, Tennessee, for several years and worked as Dollywood.
- Ms. Diversicare of Boaz, Gay Nell Gillespie, Boaz, Age 88 – picture
- Ms. Gillespie says moving to a nursing home was an easy decision because her husband lived at Diversicare of Boaz before he passed away and she received therapy there. She has three children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
- Ms. East Glen Center for Nursing & Rehab, Annie Avery, Birmingham, Age 80 – picture
- Ms. Avery moved to Birmingham from her native New Orleans in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. As a young woman, she marched for voting rights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2002, she was named one of the Women of the Year by the magazine City Business New Orleans. She has two sons, nine grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
- Ms. Gadsden Health & Rehab Center, Pauline Ashworth, Gadsden, Age 88 – picture
- Ms. Ashworth learned to crochet at 16 years old and can make complex projects such as bedspreads and purses look easy to make. That’s why she teaches crocheting classes at Gadsden Health & Rehab Center. When not busy crocheting, you’ll find her telling jokes.
- Ms. Haleyville Health & Rehab, Christine Arnold, Haleyville, Age 69 – picture
- Born and raised in Missouri, Ms. Arnold lived in Indiana, Michigan and Florida before settling in Alabama. A few years ago, she received therapy at Haleyville Health & Rehab to help her overcome lung cancer. Now that she’s a full-time resident, Ms. Arnold helps others during activities and serves on the resident council.
- Ms. Keller Landing, Shelby Hill, Tuscumbia, Age 71 – picture
- Whether you like your hash browns scattered or smothered, Ms. Hill has you covered. She was a cook and waitress at a Waffle House while raising her two daughters. Three years ago, she suffered a major stroke and couldn’t walk and talk. She credits her faith and Keller Landing for helping her to walk and talk again. She even danced across the room at the Ms. Keller Landing Pageant.
- Ms. River City Center, Linda Morris, Decatur, Age 79 – picture
- Ms. Morris will standup and tell you about her nursing home. She was bent over at the waist for 10 years. Once she moved to River City Center, the staff bought her an UPWalker. Now she’s much more mobile and can walk upright for the first time in a decade.
- Ms. Springhill Rehab & Senior Residence, Dorothy Miller, Mobile, Age 67 – picture
- Don’t bet against Ms. Miller. Born premature and weighing only two pounds, she beat the odds and lived a normal life. She earned a Master’s in Mathematics from Mississippi State University and taught school for several years. Later, she earned a degree in practical nursing and began a second career. She’s lived at Springhill Rehab & Senior Residence for five years.
- Ms. Woodland Village Rehab & Healthcare Center, Melvaleen Roseberry, Cullman, Age 80 – picture
- Born on Bug Tussell Mountain in Bremen, Alabama, Ms. Roseberry calls Cullman home. She is a member of Woodland Village’s resident council, a resident activity volunteer and a part of the welcoming committee for new residents.
- Composite photo with head shots of all finalists: 600×375 pixels
The top 10 finalists will have individual interviews with the panel of celebrity judges on the morning of July 30 before competing on stage that afternoon. All the other contestants in attendance will be part of the Honor Court and will be individually recognized during the pageant. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Miss Alabama Callie Walker and retired nursing home administrator Bob Coker will co-host the event. Celebrity judges include: Ms. Senior USA/Ms. Senior Alabama Sara Jo Burks, Alabama’s Distinguished Young Woman Brooke Tarrant, Legislative Consultant Lamar Higgins, Region Bank Senior Vice President Evelyn Mitchell and Dennis Blair from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
2017 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant
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High-resolution pictures suitable for printing
- Sarah Scott official: download
- Alabama Nursing Home 2017 Sarah “Sally” Scott.
- Pageant 2017 Top Five official: download
- Top five finalists for the 2017 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant, from left to right: 3rd runner-up: Thomasville Health Care & Rehab Center Barbara Pugh; 1st runner-up: Shelby Ridge Rehab Select Katherine Moorer; Alabama Nursing Home 2017: Sarah “Sally” Scott, Westside Terrace Rehab First; 2nd Runner-up: Ms. Folsom Center for Rehab & Healthcare Miriam Kelley and 4th Runner up: Ms. Cottage of the Shoals, Cora Steen.
Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2017 Crowned
Dothan resident Sarah “Sally” Scott was crowned Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2017 today in Birmingham.
Ms. Scott, age 83, is a resident of Westside Terrace Health & Rehab First located in Dothan. She was crowned by Miss Alabama 2017 Jessica Proctor at the 34th annual Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant.
Ms. Scott worked as a nurse for many years. She shares a room at Westside Terrace with her husband of 34 years, Randall. She is involved in many of the activities offered at the nursing home and eagerly welcomes new residents and helps them settle in to their new home. Ms. Scott has three children, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
As Ms. Alabama Nursing Home, Ms. Scott will travel to various nursing homes and community events to share her experiences. During her reign, she will also serve as an ambassador for nursing home residents at several Alabama Nursing Home Association events.
The runners-up are:
- 1st Runner-up: Ms. Shelby Ridge Rehab Select, Katherine Moorer, Alabaster, Age 59 bio picture
- 2nd Runner-up: Ms. Folsom Center for Rehab & Healthcare, Miriam Kelley, Age 89 bio picture
- 3rd Runner up: Ms. Thomasville Health Care & Rehab Center, Barbara Pugh, Age 66 bio picture
- 4th Runner up: Ms. Cottage of the Shoals, Cora Steen, Age 83 bio picture
The top 10 finalists, selected from the field of 50 contestants, had individual interviews with the panel of celebrity judges before competing on stage for the crown. All other contestants in attendance were part of the Honor Court and were individually recognized during the pageant.
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2017 Top 10 Finalists Pictures and Biographies
The following are the top 10 finalists for the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant (click on the contestant’s name to download a high resolution photo suitable for printing):
- Ms. Albertville Nursing Home & Rehab Select, Helen “Roslin” Williams, Albertville, Age 82 bio
- Ms. Cherry Hill Rehab & Healthcare Center, Evelyn Dent, Birmingham, Age 62 bio
- Ms. Cottage of the Shoals, Cora Steen, Tuscumbia, Age 83 bio
- Ms. Folsom Center for Rehab & Healthcare, Miriam Kelley, Cullman, Age 89 bio
- Ms. Haleyville Health & Rehab Center, Edna Everly, Haleyville, Age 83 bio
- Ms. Hartford Health Care, Norma Self, Hartford, Age 92 bio
- Ms. Shelby Ridge Rehab Select, Katherine Moorer, Alabaster, Age 59 bio
- Ms. Thomasville Health Care & Rehab Center, Barbara Pugh, Thomasville Age 66 bio
- Ms. Westside Terrace Health & Rehab First, Sarah Scott, Dothan, Age 83 bio
- Ms. Woodland Village Rehab & Healthcare Center, Cleo McLeroy, Cullman, Age 87 bio
The top 10 finalists will have individual interviews with the panel of celebrity judges on the morning of July 31 before competing on stage that afternoon. All the other contestants in attendance will be part of the Honor Court and will be individually recognized during the pageant. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
2016 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant
Broadcast quality, HD video in multiple formats is available for download at https://vimeo.com/174637693. The video contains b-roll/nat sound and SOTs with each top five finalist.
High-resolution pictures for download:
- Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2016 Millie McDonald
- Group picture of the top five finalists
- Photo caption: 2016 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant top five finalists, from left to right: 3rd runner-up Betty Yates, 1st runner-up Taressa Green, Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2016 Millie McDonald, 2nd runner-up Edna Kilgo and 4th runner-up Maudie Hancock.
Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2016 Crowned