A Uniontown woman named Ms. Senior Arkansas in June will participate in the Ms. Senior America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., on Thursday.
Sherry Marshall, 64, was crowned the 2017 Ms. Senior Arkansas on June 10 at the Alma Performing Arts Center. Marshall also was awarded for best evening gown, and best talent after performing Trisha Yearwood’s “American Girl.”
Crawford County Judge Dennis Gilstrap named Oct. 15 Sherry Marshall Day in honor of Marshall.
“I feel honored to be able to represent Arkansas,” Marshall said. “It’s definitely something I had never dreamed of.”
A native of Uniontown, Marshall lives on the farm that has belonged to her family since the late 1800s, she said. She is an advocate for both women’s rights and grandparents’ rights, she said.
Marshall has been 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 in a previous interview.
She also wants to do away with any ideas that senior centers are only for low income individuals, she said. Senior centers “are there to serve everyone,” she said.
Marshall plans to leave Sunday, Oct. 15 for the pageant preliminaries on Oct. 16-18, she said. The pageant is being held at the Resorts Casino Hotel.
“I am excited for the opportunity that is before me to be a spokesperson for seniors across our state - and hopefully, across the U.S.,” Marshall said.
Go to http://senioramerica.org/Arkansas.asp to learn more about Marshall and her journey to becoming Ms. Senior Arkansas.