By Stacy Smith

Katherine Moorer has something to crow about. She has only lived at Shelby Ridge Rehab Select for about six months, but in that time and because of her, the nursing home has karaoke.

“Karaoke is her joy for all of us,” said Jessica Casey, Social Worker, Shelby Ridge Rehab Select.

“I really enjoy laughing. It shows my fun side. I have a love for people,” explained Moorer.

Her first husband raised show chickens. She remembered with humor a time when the two of them traveled to a chicken show with her mother. On the way, they decided to drive through Kentucky Fried Chicken to pick up supper.

After ordering, and as they pulled up to the window to pay, a young girl stuck her head out of the window to speak to the family. Right then, the rooster stuck his head out of their car window and started to crow. The teller jerked her head back inside, and ran across the restaurant. This made Moorer wonder, ‘Who was the chicken in this story?’

To bring a smile on someone’s face means a great deal to her. Moorer enjoys visiting with people. She checks on other residents when she doesn’t see them for a while.

Moorer, age 59, said the nursing home has helped her in many different ways, especially regarding improving her health. “There is someone to help me with the things that are needed in my life. Cooking and washing clothes has been such a great help, and meeting new people. I am staying socially active. That means a great deal,” said Moorer.

She enjoys playing bingo because it keeps her mind engaged. She lived in Mobile for 10 years. “Boy, you talk about a great time. Going to the beaches and to Mardi Gras, you can just be yourself there,” said Moorer.

She put herself through college while working full-time. She also raised a son as a single parent. She said that she is very grateful for all her accomplishments, and looks to her Grandmother Opal as her hero. Her grandmother grew up on a farm, and her sage advice and wisdom was a guiding light in Moorer’s life. Even as cancer took over her body she would look at you with her impish smile and say, “I am doing fine today.”

“Katherine Moorer is delightful. From singing karaoke, to playing bingo, to sharing humorous memories with other residents, she is full of joy,” said Casey.

Editor’s note: This is the seventh story in a 10-part series about the finalists for the 2017 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 26, we’ll post a story about Ms. Thomasville Health Care & Rehab Center Barbara Pugh.

Stacy Smith, APR, is a freelance writer based in Birmingham, Alabama.

For more information about the pageant, click here.