Maudie Hancock knows a good thing when she sees it. That’s why she told her family more than 30 years ago that she wanted to live at Henry County Health & Rehab if she ever needed long-term care.

Ms. Hancock made good on that promise a year and a half ago when she moved to the skilled nursing care center located in Abbeville.

“In the fall of 2014, I told my family I was ready to move to the nursing home,” Ms. Hancock recalled. “I was excited to come here, catch up with old friends that live here and make new friends.”

She quickly became involved and was recently elected President of the Resident Council, an organization similar to a Student Government Association.

“Making this a great place to live for myself and all the other residents means a lot to me,” Ms. Hancock explained about her service. “I encourage all the residents, especially the newer ones, to attend activities and get involved.”

The 94-year-old Abbeville native participates in many activities including Sunday School, penny auction and bingo. She also makes crafts such as Bible covers, bookmarks and tissue box covers and gives them to family, friends, staff and other residents.

“From the first day I moved in, I have been completely satisfied,” Ms. Hancock said. “The best way I can describe it is that it felt like coming home and this feels like home.”

Being so involved in the life of the nursing home and her concern for others is part of the reason why Ms. Hancock was selected as a top 10 finalist for the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant.

“She has befriended so many residents and staff,” said Jamie Backensto, Activity Director for Henry County Health & Rehab. “She never meets a stranger and has a radiant personality. She is always an inspiration to everyone around her and has a true heart of gold.”

Ms. Hancock and her late husband, Horace, were married for 55 years. She has three children, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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Editor’s note: This is the eighth story in a 10-part series about the finalists for the 2016 Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. On July 21, we’ll post a story about Ms. Highlands at the Oaks on Parkwood JoAnn Okechukwu.