Staff and family members worked together with residents at Monette Manor in preparation for the Beauty Pageant held Wednesday, Aug. 9. Fourteen beautiful women competed for the title of Miss Monette Manor. Wendy Carpenter, emcee, introduced each contestant. A brief biography of each one was shared. The contestants had the opportunity to share a story or a lifetime accomplishment.
Judges, Tracy Routon, Renee Uthoff and Delois Kielhorn, all agreed it was a difficult decision as all of the women were special.
Contestants included Thelma M. Marret, Imogene Southard, Addie Malone, Maxine Rowley, Gladys Whitehead, Linda Bailey, Mildred Snider, Glendola Minyard, Daphne Reed, Sharon Wilson, Nellie Woodard, Norene Whiteaker, Audena Maupin, and Mary Jo Golden.
Thelma M. Marret, 83, won the pageant and will represent Monette Manor at the AHCA District 4 Queen Pageant on Aug. 24. The district pageant will be held at St. Bernards Auditorium in Jonesboro.
Ms. Marret lived in Cardwell before moving to Monette Manor three months ago. She worked on a farm with her husband and drove a Ford tractor, worked in cotton, soybeans, and hay and said, "If it's going to rain, it will rain on hay day." Ms. Marret has three sons, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She said the greatest event of her life was getting married to J.R. Marret. She received singing awards and sang in the church choir. She said having her children was her joy. She enjoys the activities at Monette Manor and being busy with her hands.
Imogene Southard, 81, was first alternate. Ms. Southward has been at Monette Manor for seven months. She has lived in Leachville and Cardwell before moving to MM. She has two daughters, three grandsons and two great-grandchildren. She worked at Emerson in Paragould, assembling motors for 30 years. Cardwell once had a Tot Spot Clothing Store where she was employed and a drug store where she worked and met her belated husband, Dick. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed sewing crafts. Her daughters said they had the best dressed Barbie dolls anywhere. Ms. Southward was crowned Leachville High School Homecoming Queen in 1942. She said she enjoys being with the people at Monette Manor. "Both staff and residents are caring, compassionate people who are friendly," she said.
Addie Malone, 98, was second alternate. Ms. Malone is from Leachville and has been at Monette Manor for two months. She lived and worked on a farm. After her husband died, she moved to Blytheville and bought a home before moving to Leachville. She has three sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. She said her life accomplishment was raising a big, happy family. She also loved quilting and playing games and ball games with the family. She said the greatest event in her life was getting married and having her children. She enjoys bingo, music shows, and exercise during activity time.