The Ms. New Hampshire Senior America Pageant
Ms. West Virgina Senior America
Born in Massachusetts, my parents moved to New Hampshire when I was two months old. Best move they ever made! Like most families at that time, Dad was the bread winner and Mom was a stay at home parent until I was of school age. A parochial education was to be mine all through life from elementary through college.
At the age of three, I started dance lessons which was to become my passion in life. As a teenager, I was the recipient of numerous theater awards. The opportunity was offered to me to do a number of summer stock theater productions and I jumped at the chance to stretch my creative ambitions.
Married at 19, I moved to Bad Aibling, West Germany with my husband who was serving in the military. I owned and operated a dance studio for the dependents of military personnel, many of whom had no other outside interests. It became an activity that most of them looked forward to and expressed the desire to continue when they returned to the States. Many are dancers today. Three years later our service in Germany came to an end we returned to New Hampshire with another member in the family - our daughter Angela.
Upon my return, I found a full time position with the electric company so that my husband could return to school full time to get his teaching degree. After 26 years of service with Public Service Co. of NH, I had the opportunity to retire and take time to pursue the interests I had put off for so long. Prior to my retirement however, my family had grown to four with the birth of my son, I returned to Notre Dame College - not the fighting Irish - but a small liberal arts college in Manchester, NH where I obtained my Business Degree in Secretarial Sciences and was inducted into their National Honor Society.
After 27 years of marriage, my children grown with families of their own, and divorced, I found myself on my own. Life continued to change and evolve and me with it. Three years later, I met my wonderful husband Ken and his son Jason. My children, Angela, Ryan and Jason have blessed me with six amazing and wonderful grandchildren. As a parent, I sought to raise my children to become strong, capable, self-sufficient adults. I am proud of all of them and like to believe that I had a part in their success they have accomplished.
Today, my passion is entertaining our senior citizens and veterans in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Letting them know how grateful we are to each and every one of them for their contribution, whatever it might have been, in making the path for our future generations one to admire and emulate. Walking to raise money for charities and organizations such as the Walk for Hunger and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer are activities very dear to me. I have belonged to my Church choir, the Forever Young Chorus - a Senior Choral Group which also performs for other seniors - and the Silver Stars, a group of seniors who perform at the Palace Theatre in Manchester and have been their choreographer for the past four years. My husband and I are also very active in keeping their history and individual stories of World War II veterans alive so that their sacrifice and those of all veterans will never be forgotten.
I am excited and honored to serve as Ms. Senior NH 2012 and look forward to emphasizing the resources, knowledge, talents and experience that the seniors in this country continue to posses.
Ms. New Hampshire Senior America 2012
NE Models Group
Singing & Dancing
WWII History Preservation
18 yrs of Performing at Nursing Homes
Tap Instructor at Manchester Senior Center
Sing and Dancing
Zing Strings of My Heart