Clydene Fielden won the Ms. Hopkins County Senior 2014 title at the fifth annual pageant Saturday. The 82-year-old also received the award for Best Talent, keeping the audience in stitches with her hilarious accounting of a week’s worth of workouts at a gym.
Fielden enjoys being outside and enjoying “God’s amazing creations,” attending church at Sulphur Bluff Methodist, visiting and playing bingo with her friends, reading and shopping. She has three children, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
As part of her prize as the new Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic, Fielden’s entry fee to compete in the Ms. Texas Senior Pageant will be covered by Hopkins County pageant sponsor, Visiting Angels. The state pageant will be Aug. 22-23 at South Fork Hotel in Plano.
Finishing second in the pageant was Enola Gay Mathews, who also was named Miss Congeniality. Her talent was singing Linda Addler’s “Lullaby.” The 60-year-old likes to sing, garden, read, work with her horses and mules, and spend time with her family which includes her five children and seven grandchildren. She is also a member of Hopkins County Sheriff’s Posse and the producer of Reilly Springs Jamboree.
Following first runner-up Mathews was third-place finisher Fay Robinson. The 90-year-old also won Best Interview at the pageant. Her philosophy is to love life and find joy in “The Word.” She said if she had a whole day to do anything she wanted, she’d go to Atlanta to be with her family as her daughter-in-law is sick.
Robinson has five children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She enjoys quilting, singing, gardening, collecting antiques and genealogy. She attends Brashear Baptist Church, where she is a substitute Sunday school teacher.
Best Personality went to Lavonne Elam. The 68-year-old told a story she wrote about growing up as a “PK,” a preacher’s kid. She noted that life consists of choices, and she chooses to be happy and have fun, and tries to be a positive influence for others. She counts her family, which includes four children and nine grandchildren, and friends as blessings.
Elam is very active in Cross Country Cowboy Church. She also likes to fish, hunt, garden, read and listen to music. She is a psychology student at Paris Junior College; she hopes to be a counselor after graduating.
Best Philosophy went to Elizabeth Wilburn. The 66-year-old’s philosophy of life is to trust in God, never give up and believe in yourself. If she could have one wish granted, it’d be world peace and health.
Wilburn is the mother of two children and one grandchild. She likes photography, exercising, traveling and taking care of her family and the birds in her garden. She also likes to learn new things; she currently is learning to do string quilting at the Senior Citizens Center.
Best Evening Gown went to Aliece Hanselka. The 67-year-old’s philosophy is to do as the Bible says, love each other — one of the hardest but most rewarding things. She read a poem by her mom during the talent portion of the contest.
Hanselka has one son. She is a licensed hairdresser. She said in her spare time she loves to play 42 with her friends, read, go bowling and antiquing. She also likes to attend collectible shows. She and husband Jim play in 42-tournaments together around East Texas.
The evening’s entertainment, while judges cast their votes and the auditor tallied them, included 2010 Ms, Hopkins County Senior Classic Stella Bagley singing an impassioned “Walk with Jesus,” Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic 2011 Betty Caudle playing a medley of patriotic songs on the piano, Ms. Texas Senior 2012 Nancy Bolton singing “This Is My Country” and Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic 2013 Sonya Baker-Norton singing one of her newest favorite songs. Also in attendance was Ms. Texas Senior 2009 Jimmie Wilson.
Michael Delaney was presented a souvenir microphone trophy thanking him for his service as master of ceremony, Baker-Norton received a pin she can wear to commemorate her year as Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic, and the contestants presented Pageant Director Karon Weatherman with a spray of roses and pageant sponsors with a gift.
Weatherman also offered thanks to Lydia Bryant and Sulphur Springs Floral for the spray of flowers presented to the winner, Tammy Olague and Custom Threads for the winner’s sash; and Melba Nash of Melba’s Kreations for use of her decorative arch and fern stands, Michael Bowen and Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District for use of ferns to decorate the stage; as well as the judges and auditor; and sponsorship of Visiting Angels.
Afterward, refreshments of cookies and punch were provided by Carriage House Manor.
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