Miss Nursing Home Pageant

A few weeks ago I shot the Miss Nursing Home Pageant, and wow…I’ve never seen something so pure in my whole life. These ladies made the audience cry tears of laughter and sadness. I was so impressed by every single one of them.  Each woman was introduced to the audience, the emcee read a short bio about their lives that each had written about themselves, and then they answered a series of friendly questions.

My favorite was a woman who said she’d never been married, but that wasn’t a problem and she never wanted to be because, “she didn’t need a man telling her what to do.”

The ladies were all wonderful and I am so happy I got to spend the afternoon with them. Here are some of my favorite images.

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2016 District 7 Queen Dorothy Velma Strader shows off her crown during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Strader was second runner-up in the statewide pageant last year.
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Virginia Libbert points at a friend in the crowd after being crowned queen during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Libbert, who represented Villa Marie nursing home, will go to Branson next month to represent the district in the state-wide pageant.
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Rusty Bell and other audience members laugh during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Bell came to see his mother-in-law participate in the show.
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Betty Shemwell concentrates on trying to answer a question during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
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Contestants wait for the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant to begin at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The pageant was sponsored by Missouri Health Care Association. Twelve contestants competed in this years’ competition.
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Rafeala Spears is pushed up the ramp and onto the stage during the District 7 Ms. Missouri nursing Home Pageant at Capital West Christian Church event center in Jefferson City on Thursday, July 27, 2017. The event sponsors brought the ramp themselves so the stage would be accessible for all contestants.

 

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