Monette Manor crowns new pageant queen

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Pictured are, from left: second runner up Marjorie Curtis, Queen Alma Marshall, first runner up Virgie Shirley, and third runner up Bernice Emery.

Alma Marshall, 83, was crowed queen at this year's Monette Manor Beauty Pageant held Thursday, July 24, at the facility. Marshall will go to compete in the district pageant being held in Paragould in August.

Last year's Monette Manor pageant winner Marlene Crites, 75, was present to pass the crown and sash to Marshall. The annual beauty pageant's mistress of ceremony was Haylee Malone, who asked the 12 contestants about their life, accomplishments, families, hobbies and famous people they have admired.

Monette Manor activity director Wendy Carpenter would like to thank community members Lisa Moade, Doris Blankenship and Cindy Hatch for judging this year's pageant.

Alma Marshall, 2014 queen.

Queen Marshall has lived at Monette Manor for a year and a half but prior to that she lived in Jonesboro and Lake City. She has four children, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She enjoys reading and watching T.V. and she admires Mickey Gilley. Marshall's favorite thing to do at the nursing home is Bible study and all the activities.

First runner up was won by Virgie Shirley, 82, who has lived at Monette Manor for five months. Prior to that she lived in Ravenden, Sulphur Rock and Monette. She has six children, 36 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

Second runner up went to Marjorie Curtis, 81, who has lived in Oklahoma and Leachville. She has four children.

Third runner up was Bernice Emery, 99, who has lived at the Monette Manor for a year and four months. She is from the Oak Grove and Paragould area has two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Both Thelma Morris, 77, and Doris Rountree, 75, won honorable mention. Life History award winner was Zula McCain, 72, and Earlene Abel, 86, won the congeniality award.

Contestants were Alma Marshall, Doris Rountree, Thelma Henson, Orene Perez, Thelma Morris, Helen Faulkner, Zula McCain, Marjorie Curtis, Sharon Wilson, Earlene Abel, Bernice Emery and Virgie Shirley.

Following the pageant contestants along with fellow Monette Manor residents and event attendees enjoyed refreshments.

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