Ms. Senior Alabama, Dorough, to crown new winner April 6

Published 2:11 pm Monday, March 25, 2013

Ms. Senior Alabama 2012 Niva Dorough of Westover will crown the new Ms. Senior Shelby County 2013 on April 6. (Contributed)

Ms. Senior Alabama 2012 Niva Dorough of Westover will crown the new Ms. Senior Shelby County 2013 on April 6. (Contributed)

By PHOEBE DONALD ROBINSON / Community Columnist

Niva Dorough of Westover is wife to husband Harry, mother to three sons, grandmother to seven grandchildren and vice president of American Sure Step Inc. in Pelham.

However, at 60, Dorough yearned to step out of her comfort zone and try something new. Her goal became Ms. Senior Shelby County.

Ms. Senior Shelby County is a preliminary pageant for Ms. Senior Alabama and the Ms. Senior America Pageants.

The mission of this non-profit organization is to “enrich the lives of senior women while also allowing them to share their experiences, wisdom, and interests with others.” Women are judged on interview, philosophy of life, evening gown, and talent.

Dorough was first runner up to Ms. Senior Shelby County 2011. In 2012, she won the title and went on to win the Ms. Senior Alabama 2012. A $1,000 scholarship is given to a Shelby County girl because of her win.

“Life is precious, and for me it’s important to stay focused, be positive and strive to make a difference every day,” said Dorough.

“Being crowned Ms. Senior Shelby County 2012 and Ms. Senior Alabama 2012, as well as competing in the National Ms. Senior America Pageant, has been a rewarding experience for me.

“It has given me the opportunity to evaluate my strengths, and weaknesses, my past accomplishments and my future dreams, meet so many wonderful friends locally and at the national level.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for women the age of elegance to showcase their talents, express their values and accomplish their dreams. It is a platform to encourage others to become involved in many valuable community activities, which in turn makes a difference in so many people’s lives.”

Former Ms. Senior Alabama Edwina Chappell is the director of the Ms. Senior Shelby County Pageant which is an open pageant, for all Alabama women age 60 and over.

For information to enter, contact Chappell at 678-6619 or 365-6080.

The Ms. Senior Shelby County Pageant will be Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. at the Serve Pro facility on U.S. 280 East just past intersection Shelby County 55.


Phoebe Donald Robinson can be reached by email at

About Phoebe Donald Robinson

I am President of Donald Real Estate and Ins. Co., Inc., a company that my grandfather , Charles J. Donald, founded in 1925. I am the third generation owner of the business. I am also the Columbiana Columnist for the Shelby County Reporter.

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