Thursday, July 28, 2011

100-year-old war veteran wins Alabama beauty contest - Telegraph

A blind, 100-year-old veteran of the Second World War has won a beauty contest in an Alabama nursing home.

Felma Schrimshire, competing under the stage name Ms. Andalusia Manor, was crowned Ms. Alabama Nursing Home this week, beating nine other finalists.

"It was wonderful!" Mrs Schrimshire told "Everybody has just been so nice and so sweet and caring. It's just great. I don't know any other way to express it."

Mrs Schrimshire served in the surgeon's office during the war, according to National Public Radio.

"I was going into the Army myself," said the widow, whose husband's sight was too poor to join at the time. "Not many women were in the army back then, so much to my husband's relief, I got out after one year."

After her husband's death, she moved to Alabama. She now lives with her sister at Andalusia Manor, where she spends her time studying the Bible.