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Making a Difference: Woman spreads joy at Prattville nursing home


Who says you're too old to have fun?

Cecilia Howe is debunking that myth. Howe organized a nursing home pageant at Prattville Health and Rehabilitation. It was not only a chance to crown a winner but make the twilight years a little brighter and lighter for about seven contestants.

The first contestant made her entrance in her wheelchair followed by Rubye Kennedy.

"It's wonderful we have someone like Cecilia who works with us and gets us involved in things and gets us out of our chairs," said Kennedy, who was last year's pageant queen.

"All ladies like to look pretty. Every little girl grows up watching the Miss America pageant," Howe said.

For one night at least everybody forgot about their aches and pains.

"It's a memory they'll always have, a night their families will remember," Howe said.

The pageant was based on poise, personality and on-stage questions. Kennedy felt good about repeating as queen by giving a thumbs up.

But the lady who rolled in with a little flair and stole the show was none other than 74-year-old Dorothy Smith. Smith's claim to fame? She told the judges entertainer Tom Jones kissed her at a concert decades ago!

When the judges tallied up their votes Dorothy Smith was crowned the winner!

Rubye Kennedy? First runner up.

"Yea! Good for me!," Kennedy said with a smile.

"What joy you can have in a nursing home," Smith said.

And that is what Howe had been striving for all along making the nursing home pageant participants feel beautiful and young again.

"Sometimes they get up and look in the mirror and wonder what happened to that young girl, and sometimes they don't always have a lot of things to look forward to," Howe said.

On this night they did have something to look forward to. In fact, everybody won something!

"It just shows me I am loved," Howe said.

Thanks to Cecilia Howe the ladies felt special and happy.

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