Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

July 7, 2014

You could be the next Ms. Senior Cumberland County  

CROSSVILLE — Sue Malone was surprised at the unexpected honor she received at the Ms. Senior Tennessee Pageant which was held in Lebanon, TN, but no one else was. She was awarded the prestigious Ms. Senior Universe at the Ms. Senior Tennessee Pageant.

Malone entered and won her first beauty contest at the age of 80, and that was in 1996. She had worked hard all her life, and owned and operated a restaurant from 1952 to 1990. Peggy Houston, executive director of Fair Park Senior Center, encouraged her to enter and she won 1996 Ms. Senior Cumberland County. She went on to compete for the state, which requires a talent. Sue had always enjoyed dancing, so Houston found her a Charleston flapper girl dress, and Malone danced the Charleston. That year opened up a whole new world for Malone.

Now Malone is 97 and since that first contest she has gone on to be very involved in the Ms. Senior Tennessee Pageant, serving on the hospitality community, as a greeter and on the board of directors. She also is an active member of the local Cameo Club, consisting of past winners of the Ms. Senior Cumberland County Pageant. Malone says she never thought she would do this, but she is so glad she has and thinks everyone should enter.

Malone is a really sweet and cute lady, and even though she is 97, she has a great mind. She always dresses so nice, sometimes like a teenager right down to her toes. She is so wonderful and has been a big volunteer at the Fair Park Senior Center for years, always helping out with the adult day care program, New Horizon, with director Carolyn Barnes.

When asked what she thinks has helped her to live so long, Malone stated, “I have always stayed busy, and the Lord helps me do everything.”

Last year’s winner was Noelani DeRosset and she has really enjoyed the last year.

The older you get, the better your character gets! Beauty is not just a surface feature. It goes all the way to the heart. So if you would like to enter or know someone who you think should enter, the Ms. Senior Cumberland County “Age of Elegance” Pageant will be held in conjunction with Senior Day at the Fair on Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds. Contestants must be 60-plus and be a resident of Cumberland County. The winner will compete at the Ms. Senior Tennessee pageant. Applications are now available at the Fair Park Senior Center across from the fairgrounds. For more information, call 484-7416.

Don't forget this Saturday night the Big Band Sound will be performing for your listening and dancing enjoyment at Fair Park from 7 to 9 p.m. Everyone will really enjoy this special free treat.

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