2009 Queen of Whispering Knoll
Assisted Living crowned
PRESENTING THE QUEEN — (Front, from left). Harrylene Moore, 2009
Whispering Knoll Assisted Living Queen and her escort, Ernesto Muniz are
presented to their audience. (Back, from left) Whispering Knoll Activities
Director Cynthia Charles and Administrator Nina Hunt give their smiling
approval to the whole event.
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Mrs. Harrylene Moore was recently crowned as the Queen of Whispering Knoll Assisted Living in the annual queen pageant at Whispering Knoll Assisted Living on the Davis Life Care campus. Norma Reeves was selected as first runner-up. Other candidates were, Wyvetta Smith, and Iona Harvill.
Judges for the pageant, all local volunteers were: Charlotte Wafford, Hilda Stafford, Wanda Neal, and Lois Lee. The candidates were ushered into the pageant reception area by two escorts, Joe Newton, a Whispering Knoll resident, and Ernesto Muniz, an employee of Whispering Knoll.
Dee Holcomb, wife of Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb was the emcee for t he event. Holcomb conducted a short interview with each candidate as they were presented. She then did one additional interview with each candidate after they were seated. The judges took notes on these interviews to make their decisions.
When the winners were announced, pageant officials presented a bouquet of roses to the first runner-up and 99-year-old Lucille Montgomery, the 2008 queen, came forward, removed her crown and placed it on Moore.
During the program, Nina Hunt, administrator of Whispering Knoll unveiled a plaque listing the 2008 queen, with spaces for the next 14 queens to be listed. The plaque will placed on permanent display at the facility.
The plaque was donated by the family of the late Mrs. Betty Dempsey, a former resident of the facility . “ In 2008, we encouraged Mrs. Dempsey to be a queen candidate, but she declined the offer,” Hunt explained. “Then after she saw how much fun the pageant was, she changed her mind and said she would like to participate in the 2009 pageant. She was really looking forward to the event. Unfortunately, Mrs. Dempsey passed away in December of 2008. As a memorial to Mrs. Dempsey, her family bought the plaque and paid for the 2008 queen to be listed as well as the queens for the next fourteen years. We appreciate their generosity and are pleased to put the plaque on permanent display.”
Singers, Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb and Ruth Bumpass, a resident of neighboring Garden Pointe Assisted Living, provided entertainment for the event. Liz McCarver, a Whispering Knoll resident, provided piano music as a prelude to the event, playing many old favorites.
Larry Kirkland donated tuxedos for the escorts, hair stylist Marlene Bumpass donated styling for the contestants the day of the event and Small Florist donated decorations. “This pageant is important and meaningful to our residents and we appreciated the donations of time, effort, merchandise and services by volunteers and merchants who support the event,” said Joe D. Ratliff, executive director of Davis Life Care Center.
Davis Life Care Center in Pine Bluff is a family of four charitable organizations providing thoughtful care and excellent accommodations for southeast Arkansans’ aging and disabled family members. The care giving organizations are Davis East, Davis West, Garden Pointe Assisted Living and Whispering Knoll Assisted Living.