By Stacy Smith

A woman who welcomes working with numbers, at age 67 and after five years as a resident there, Dorothy Miller is delighted to count herself as Ms. Springhill Rehabilitation & Senior Residence.

Some of the first numbers in her life were from the hospital at birth. She was born five weeks premature, and weighed two pounds.

“I had a poor prognosis. The doctors believed I could have been deaf and blind with delays. With the love of my parents, I started to show progressions,” said Ms. Miller.

There have been many progressions since. In three years, she completed four years of high school. She then attended Mississippi Gulf Coast College earning an Associate’s Degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Strong in mathematics, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science then a Master’s of Education in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Mississippi State University. For eight years, she applied those math skills as a teacher in a classroom.

She then went back to her first alma mater, Mississippi Gulf Coast College, to earn a certificate of Practical Nursing, and began a second career.

“Living in a nursing home has taught me to look inward for my strength, and to use my strength to improve myself and to help others,” said Miller.

She moved to Springhill Rehab after a stroke left her unable to stand or walk. Now, she is president of the resident council. She enjoys welcoming new residents to the facility.

“Ms. Miller is such a caring person. As president of the resident council, she is always looking to help someone, and is very kind in working with others,” said Will Jones, Activity Director of Springhill Rehab & Senior Residence.

Fully embracing the artistic side of her brain these days, Miller said, “I like living at Springhill. Here I enjoy going to church services, creating arts and craft, crocheting and attending quilting classes. I also like to work on adult coloring and painting.”

She is in the process of writing fictional short stories based on her family folklore. This year, she has given herself the number goal of writing 10 short stories to be published.

Editor’s note: This is the sixth story in a 10-part series about the finalists for the 2018 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 24, we’ll post a story about Ms. Keller Landing Shelby Hill.

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

The Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant is July 30. Click here for more information.