By Stacy Smith

Tracey Moore reigns as Ms. The Oaks on Parkwood Highlands.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she has since visited there twice. When she was eight, she went to Nassau, Bahamas for Christmas.

“We saw pink flamingos. They were beautiful,” said Moore.

She tremendously admires her dad, Benton Baker.

“Dad was an amazing man who wanted no tears at his ‘promotion’ to the kingdom of heaven. He never stopped loving me. I believe he is looking down at me and watching my actions. I hope that I am making him very proud of the woman I have become,” said Moore.

She now considers Bessemer, Alabama, her hometown.

She enjoys life at the nursing home to include greeting residents and visitors daily, changing the menu and calendar each day, helping other residents put on their clothing protectors during meal times and going on outings.

“I had no friends before coming to live at The Oaks. I now have plenty of friends who I also consider my family. Now, I am a more outgoing and a well-rounded person,” said Moore.

Pamela Watts, LPN at The Oaks on Parkwood said “Ms. Moore has a great personality, and is always willing to help anyone in need. She is also a loving mother and grandmother.”

Moore has three children and three grandchildren. She loves community, and, as a postal worker, she learned most of the zip codes in the state of Alabama.

“The most memorable events in my life were the births of my children, and the ability to watch them grow into adults. I enjoy talking to my family and being able to see my grandchildren via video chat,” said Moore.

During the summer, she would go fishing with her kids and the kids from the community. One week, she was sick and missed out on fishing. That Saturday afternoon, her doorbell rang.

“There were all of ‘my kids’ with 64 fish for me! Usually what we caught I would scale, gut and fry for all to eat. I mustered up strength to cook the feast for my son Joey and the other boys. I earned the moniker the ‘Fishing Lady,’” said Moore.

She enjoyed cross stitching until her hands began to shake too much for it. At The Oaks on Parkwood, she learned to crochet.

“They taught me more than the basic stitch at The Oaks,” said Moore.

Her family also includes adopting two dogs, BOB (Best Of Best) and Deogey, who she also dearly loves.

Editor’s note: This is the eighth story in a 10-part series about the finalists for the 2019 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 25, we’ll post a story about Ms. Wiregrass Rehab Center & Nursing Home Gwen Haney.

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

The Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant is July 29. Click here for more information.