Faith and family are most important things in Freddie Harkness’ life. She’s able to pursue those passions while living at Cherokee County Health & Rehab Center in Centre.

“Living here has brought my family closer together and my church family as well,” Freddie said about the nursing home. “They see how happy I am and how well I am cared for, and they want the same for themselves.”

The 65-year-old is able to continue doing what she loves since moving to the nursing home just over a year ago. Freddie remains active in her local church because her daughters take her to services every Sunday.

“Every one of my brothers and sisters have remained in church due to the Christian example my mother instilled in us,” Freddie recalled.

Over the years, she served as Sunday School Superintendent and as a member of the choir. During worship services at the nursing home, Freddie will often testify about God’s love.

Freddie’s family continues to grow while living in the nursing home. She considers the other residents family members, looks after their needs and shares what she has with them.

“Ms. Harkness is truly an example of living life to the fullest,” Cherokee County Health & Rehab Center Administrator Cindy Cline said. “She always has a smile on her face, a chuckle in her voice and love in her eyes.”

A life-long resident of Cherokee County, Freddie held a variety of jobs through the years including working at a carpet mill, a sewing factory and a day care. She has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Her favorite pastimes at the nursing home are playing bingo, completing word search puzzles and going to the beauty shop once a week.

We’re sure Freddie will be supported by her family and faith 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 third story in a 10 part series about the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 16, we’ll post a story about Ms. Cottage of the Shoals Dorothy Archer.