Gail Hopkins, who was featured in a story in Saturday’s Tulsa World, was one of the winners in the 2015 Ms. Senior Oklahoma pageant.
The pageant, presented by Grace Hospice Foundation, honors women who are currently living in a care facility or participate in an adult day care service.
Winners are selected in four categories, based on what kind of service or facility the contestants use.
Hopkins won the Ms. Adult Day Care crown. Hopkins, who has Down syndrome, spends most of her weekdays at the Oasis Day Center in Sapulpa.
Two women shared the title of Ms. Assisted Living: Della Robins, a resident at Baptist Village in Broken Arrow, and June Dean, who lives at the Owasso Baptist Village.
Reeda Sisson, a resident at Senior Suites in Broken Arrow, was named Ms. Long Term Care, and Joanne Brantz, who lives at Country Club of Woodland Hills in Tulsa, won the Ms. Independent Living title.
This is the ninth year for the pageant, which is also a fundraiser for the Grace Hospice Foundation.
“We had 30 women competing, and they were all very impressive. I am certain it was really difficult for the judges to choose the winner in each category,” said Amy Synar, the foundation’s executive director.
“This is a very special event that senior ladies look forward to each year,” Synar said. “Our mission is to bring joy to the contestants and allow them to be ‘queen for a day.’ ”