Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant

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2018 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant

Top row from the left: Ms. Camden Nursing Facility Dora Estes, Ms. Cherokee County Health & Rehab Center Freda Smith, Ms. Diversicare of Boaz Gay Nell Gillespie, Ms. East Glen Center for Nursing & Rehab Annie Avery and Gadsden Health & Rehab Center Pauline Ashworth. Bottom row from the left: Ms. Haleyville Health & Rehab Christine Arnold, Ms. Keller Landing Shelby Hill, Ms. River City Center Linda Morris, Ms. Springhill Rehab & Senior Residence Dorothy Miller and Ms. Woodland Village Rehab & Healthcare Center Melvaleen Roseberry.

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.
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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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    • 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):

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

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Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2016 Crowned

Millie McDonald, Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2016

Millie McDonald, Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2016

Greenville resident Millie McDonald was crowned Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2016 today in Birmingham.

Ms. McDonald, age 81, is a resident of Crowne Health Care of Greenville. She was crowned by Miss Alabama Hayley Barber at the 33rd annual Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant.

A music teacher for 45 years, Ms. McDonald often hears from her former students through her Facebook page. She brought her keyboard to the nursing home and gives voice lessons to employees. Ms. McDonald is a member of the Resident Council and uses her outgoing personality to encourage other residents to get involved. She has three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

As Ms. Alabama Nursing Home, Ms. McDonald 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: Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center, Taressa Green, Birmingham, Age 60  picture  bio
  • 2nd runner-up: Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center, Edna Kilgo, Hanceville, Age 76  picture  bio
  • 3rd runner-up: Florence Nursing & Rehab Center, Betty Yates, Florence, Age 69  picture  bio
  • 4th runner-up: Henry County Health & Rehab, Maudie Hancock, Abbeville, Age 94  picture  bio

The top 10 finalists, selected from the field of 54 contestants, had individual interviews with the panel of celebrity judges before competing on stage for the crown. All of the other contestants in attendance were part of the Honor Court and individually recognized during the pageant.

2016 Top 10 Finalists Announcement

2016 Top 10 Finalists Pictures and Biographies: pictures are suitable for publication, all files are JPG.

  • Ms. Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center, Taressa Green, Birmingham, Age 60  picture  bio
  • Ms. Cottage of the Shoals, Pamela Groves, Tuscumbia, Age 70  picture  bio
  • Ms. Crowne Health Care of Eufaula, Evie Roberts, Eufaula, Age 91  picture  bio
  • Ms. Crowne Health Care of Greenville, Millie McDonald, Greenville, Age 81  picture  bio
  • Ms. El Reposo Nursing Facility, Linda Slay, Florence, Age 75  picture  bio
  • Ms. Florence Nursing & Rehab Center, Betty Yates, Florence, Age 69  picture  bio
  • Ms. Hanceville Nursing & Rehab Center, Edna Kilgo, Hanceville, Age 76  picture  bio
  • Ms. Henry County Health & Rehab, Maudie Hancock, Abbeville, Age 94  picture  bio
  • Ms. Highlands at the Oaks on Parkwood, JoAnn Okechukwu, Bessemer, Age 69  picture  bio
  • Ms. Shelby Ridge Rehab Select, Betty Tucker, Alabaster, Age 85  picture  bio

 

2015 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant

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2015PageantWinnerfiMs. Holland, age 87, is a resident of Woodhaven Manor in Demopolis. Ms. Holland is famous for the arts and crafts she makes at Woodhaven Manor. She has made donated more than 45 doll houses to residents and staff members. You’ll also find her participating in church services and offering assistance to her fellow nursing home residents. Ms. Holland and her husband, Earl, we married for 40 years. She has six children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

As Ms. Alabama Nursing Home, Ms. Holland 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 (click a contestant’s name to read a story about her):

The top 10 finalists, selected from the field of 62 contestants, had individual interviews with the panel of celebrity judges before competing on stage for the crown. All of the other contestants in attendance were part of the Honor Court and were individually recognized during the pageant.

Official Pageant Photos: Photos are high resolution and suitable for print.

Top Five: Click a contestant’s name for biographical information

2015 Top 10 Finalists Announcement

2015 Top 10 Finalists Pictures: click a contestant’s name to download a picture suitable for publication. All files are JPG.

2015 Top 10 Finalists: Click on a name to view biographical information.

 

2014 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant

Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2014 Edna Farrell.

Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2014 Edna Farrell.

Opelika resident Edna Farrell was crowned Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2014 on July 28 in Birmingham.

Ms. Farrell, age 89, is a resident of Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center in Opelika. The Brooklyn native has one daughter, two sons and five grandchildren. She was chosen from a field of 58 contestants. You can read more about Ms. Farrell here.

The runner’s up are:

Click on a contestant’s name to read her biography.

As Ms. Alabama Nursing Home, Ms. Farrell 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.

 

Official Pageant Photos: These photos are high resolution and suitable for print.

2014 Press Release: Top 10 Finalists Announcement, click here.

2014 Top 10 Finalists: Click on a name to view biographical information.

Ms. Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center, Edna Farrell, Opelika, Age 89
Ms. Burns Nursing & Rehab, Jewel Arrington, Russellville, Age 67
Ms. Crowne Health Care of Mobile, Dorothy Young, Mobile, Age 63
Ms. Cullman Long Term Care & Rehab Center, Lillian Mitchell, Cullman, Age 94
Ms. Cypress Cove Center, Tommie Dimps, Muscle Shoals, Age 56
Ms. El Reposo Nursing Facility, Carolyn Thigpen, Florence, Age 92
Ms. Florence Nursing & Rehab, Margaret Herston, Florence, Age 80
Ms. Henry County Health & Rehab Facility, Sarah Glover, Abbeville, Age 82
Ms. Highlands at the Oaks on Parkwood, JoAnn Okechukwu, Bessemer, Age 67
Ms. Woodland Village Health Care Center, Cloie Kelley, Cullman, Age 79

2014 Top 10 Finalists Pictures: click a contestant’s name to download a picture suitable for publication. All files are JPG.

Ms. Arbor Springs Health & Rehab Center, Edna Farrell, Opelika, Age 89
Ms. Burns Nursing & Rehab, Jewel Arrington, Russellville, Age 67
Ms. Crowne Health Care of Mobile, Dorothy Young, Mobile, Age 63
Ms. Cullman Long Term Care & Rehab Center, Lillian Mitchell, Cullman, Age 94
Ms. Cypress Cove Center, Tommie Dimps, Muscle Shoals, Age 56
Ms. El Reposo Nursing Facility, Carolyn Thigpen, Florence, Age 92
Ms. Florence Nursing & Rehab, Margaret Herston, Florence, Age 80
Ms. Henry County Health & Rehab Facility, Sarah Glover, Abbeville, Age 82
Ms. Highlands at the Oaks on Parkwood, JoAnn Okechukwu, Bessemer, Age 67
Ms. Woodland Village Health Care Center, Cloie Kelley, Cullman, Age 79

 

2013 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant

79 Year Old Enterprise Resident Crowned Ms. Alabama Nursing Home

Ms-Alabama-Nursing-Home-2013MONTGOMERY – Ms. Verdell Goodson was crowned Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2013 during the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover on Monday, July 22. She was crowned by Miss Alabama 2013 Chandler Champion, who was co-host of the event.

Ms. Goodson, age 79, is a resident at Enterprise Health and Rehab Center in Enterprise. At her nursing home, Verdell has participated in the Coffee County Relay for Life, is a member of the resident council and plans to start a welcoming committee. She and her husband, B.J., have been married for 62 years and both live at Enterprise Health and Rehab Center.

As Ms. Alabama Nursing Home, Ms. Goodson 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: Elaine Blankenship, Ms. Woodland Village Health Care, Cullman, Age 79

2nd Runner-up: Jane Lucas, Ms. Andalusia Manor, Andalusia, Age 64

3rd Runner up: Martha Grant, Ms. Talladega Health and Rehab, Talladega, Age 78

4th Runner up: Ruth Elaine Alexander, Ms. Florence Nursing & Rehab Center, Florence, Age 87

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The top 10 finalists from the field of 70 contestants had individual interviews with the panel of celebrity judges before competing on stage for the crown.All of the other contestants in attendance were part of the Honor Court and were individually recognized during the pageant.

“Each lady is a winner because she shares her optimistic outlook on life with her fellow residents and is actively involved in the life of her nursing home,” Alabama Nursing Home Association President Richard Brockman said. “These contestants are wonderful ambassadors of Alabama’s long term care profession and their individual nursing homes.”