Houston County resident named Ms. Georgia Nursing Home

Sun News correspondentJune 12, 2013 

Leighton Jordan, 2012 Miss Georgia, left, and Jon Howell, president and CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association, right, are pictured with Earnestine York Martin, of Perry, who won the 2013 Ms. Georgia Nursing Home pageant.

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Earnestine York Martin, a Houston County resident who resides in the Summerhill Senior Living Community in Perry, was named Ms. Georgia Nursing Home 2013. The pageant was held May 18 in Stone Mountain Park.

Martin moved to Houston County three years ago from Mobile, Ala., where she had lived all her life to be near her daughter. She has three children, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She spent her career working as a nurse for 33 years.

It was the first time Martin, who will be 80 this month, had entered a pageant. She said one of her caregivers suggested that she enter. She will spend the next year as Ms. Georgia Nursing Home traveling around the state making appearances and being in parades. Along the way, she hopes to convey a message to other seniors and to the public in general.

One of those messages is appreciation for those who take care of the senior population; the other is advice to those who are seniors.

“Know your meds,” Martin said. “You need to know what you are getting and also why you are getting it. Don’t just take meds -- educate yourself.”

According a press release, Martin was selected from 17 contestants who ranged in ages from 59-98. The annual competition is open to residents of Georgia’s nursing care facilities and is held to promote “a positive public image of nursing home residents and their potential for living fulfilling lives”.

Martin’s children and grandchildren were among the spectators who saw Martin crowned as well as friends from Mobile.

“We had a good time together,” Martin said.

The release also contained a quote from Jon Howell, president and CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association.

“The Ms. Georgia Nursing Home pageant is a very special way to recognize and celebrate a lifetime of achievement of not just one, but of many residents of Georgia’s skilled nursing care facilities,” Howell said. “On behalf of GHCA’s more than 350 members I extend my personal congratulations to Ms. Martin and all those who participated in this competition at the state and local level.”

Martin also wants to spend her year getting the word out that life can be very good for senior citizens.

“You don’t die until you die,” Martin said. “So you need to live while you are living. Every day. I am having a good time. I really, really am.”

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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