A Uniontown resident was named Ms. Senior Arkansas at the 2017 pageant held Saturday at the Alma Performing Arts Center.

Sherry Marshall, 64, was crowned at the 2017 Ms. Senior Arkansas Pageant. She also was awarded for best evening gown, and best talent after performing Trisha Yearwood’s “American Girl.”

“I am so honored to be selected to represent our wonderful state,” Marshall said.

A native of Uniontown, Marshall lives on the farm that has belonged to her family since the late 1800s, she said.

Marshall will be touring the state and speaking on her platform, which is centered on changing the public perception of seniors and senior centers, she said.

Marshall wants to change current perceptions of seniors as “used up and something to be discarded,” she said.

“Seniors have paved the way for many of the opportunities people now enjoy, and we need to be given the respect we deserve,” Marshall said.

During her reign as Ms. Senior Arkansas, Marshall will be sharing with the public the activities, services and programs available to seniors, she said.

Marshall also wants to do away with any ideas that senior centers are only for low income individuals, she said.

“Many of our senior citizens have no idea they have a local senior center available,” Marshall said. “They are there to serve everyone.”

Most importantly, Marshall wants seniors to know she is here to provide them support.

“I want everybody to know that I am their Ms. Senior Arkansas and I am here to serve all seniors,” Marshall said.

Marshall plans to set up a special Facebook page to provide updates on her reign and make herself accessible to those she serves, she said.

Marshall will be representing Arkansas in the Ms. Senior America pageant in Atlantic City in October.