Moving to Albertville Nursing Home Rehab Select is just what Mildred Goss needed.

“I used to live at home by myself,” Mildred said. “Now that I’m here and have so many friends, I have a better outlook on life because I am never alone.”

Now that she’s found a place to belong, Mildred wants others to feel the same way.

“She always goes above and beyond to include everyone,” Albertville Nursing Home Rehab Select Administrator Mary Meeks said. “If someone is sad, she takes her time to cheer them up and make them feel as if they belong.”

You’ll often find Mildred outside working in the center’s garden or tending to flowers. When not working in the garden, you probably find her helping with resident activities or strutting her stuff on the dance floor.

“I enjoy spending time with the residents more than anything,” Mildred said. “I have lots of friends and I love the kindness everyone shows.”

A resident of Marshall County for all of her 87 years of life, Mildred grew up on a farm where her family raised corn, potatoes and cotton. She was active in her church, worked 34 years for the same company and was a member of a local parent-teacher association.

Mildred and her husband, William, were married for 46 years. She has one son, two daughters, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mildred hopes to make more friends 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 first story in a 10 part series about the finalists for the 2015 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 14, we’ll post a story about Ms. Birmingham Nursing & Rehab Center Freddie Douglas.