RL woman in state nursing home pageant

Published 12:03 am Saturday, July 21, 2012

For the second year in a row, a Covington County resident has made it as a top 10 finalist for the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home pageant.

Faye Colvin of Red Level, the 82-year-old Ms. Florala Health and Rehab, will compete Monday at the Birmingham pageant.

“When I won Ms. Florala, I was shocked,” Colvin said. “Never for an instant did I think I’d win. My nephew said, ‘You want me to pinch you?’ when they called my name, but he didn’t have to.”

Colvin said she is excited and humbled to represent the area on Monday.

“I can’t believe I’m headed to Birmingham,” she said.

Traveling with her will be her niece, Jean Scott; FH&R director Sara Goolsby; FH&R activities director, Cornelia Thrash; and “make up artist extraordinaire,” Martha Morgan, Colvin said.

“If there was a motto attached to Ms. Colvin’s life, it would be, ‘Never let challenges determine your chances,” Thrash said. “Her outlook on life has always been upward bound.”

Colvin is a member of Veracruze Methodist Church in Red Level. She enjoys sewing, reading, spending time with family, friends and peers, nature watching, shopping and playing bingo.

She is secretary of the resident council and president of The Growing Green Team at the facility.

The pageant’s preliminary judging was last month in Montgomery, and the winner will be picked from the 10 finalists, who also include Terry Jean Camp of Athens; Donna Kaye Wynn of Sylacauga; Clara Jepson of Cullman; Nona Sims of Enterprise; Betty Sue Duncan of Florence; Kathryn Hale Ezell of Florence; Mary Mead of Hanceville; Viola Thomas of Butler and Linda Tarwater of Cullman. The finalists were chosen from 63 contestants.

Residents of Alabama nursing homes participated in a contest leading up to the naming of Ms. Alabama Nursing Home.

The finals will be at 2 p.m. at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, with crowing at 3 p.m. The winner will be spokesperson for nursing home residents in Alabama, a spot vacated by Ms. Felma Schrimshire of Andalusia.

Schrimshire, 101, is a resident at Andalusia Manor in Andalusia.