SARAH SENTER is a business owner, a wife, a mother and a grandmother. She and her husband Danny own and operate the very successful Custom Workroom Services, Inc., a custom window treatment business. The drapery business has given Sarah the opportunity to travel to many cities throughout the United States.
She has been married to her handsome Danny for 33 years. Sarah has 2 wonderful children. Her daughter is a first grade teacher and is married with 2 children 18 and 14. Her son is an aerospace engineer and married to a high school math teacher and they’re expecting their first child in February.
Tap dancing is Sarah’s passion; she has been dancing since she was 5 yrs old. She currently performs with The Dallas Tap Dazzlers who make over 100 appearances each year. In February 2009, The Dazzlers participated in “Senior’s Day” at the Texas state capital. Sarah received the greatest honor (besides being crown Ms. Texas Senior America) when she performed her award winning solo as part of the show on the rotunda floor of the capital of the great state of Texas.
“I am truly blessed with a loving family, great friends and good health. I plan to keep on dancing and living life to it’s fullest for many years to come.
Paula was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and was raised in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Kansas. Paula graduated from Central High School in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1966, she was an eye witness to history.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led a march down Capital Street in Jackson, Mississippi, where Paula was attending school. She remembers waving to the marchers as they passed by.
Because of the racial upset that year, Paula's high school class became the only class to graduate from Central High School without a senior prom. Forty years later, Paula helped organize a "belated senior prom." Did she have fun? She said, "All I can tell you is what I used to do all night, took all night to do."
Paula's comment on aging ....As we all do, I have had my share of midlife crisis. Someone asked me how many can one woman have? She replied, "As many as I want, because if momma ain't happy, no one is happy!"
Paula bought her dream car that she had wanted all of her life, a T-Bird convertible. She and her husband have a multiple best-in-show winning Harley Davidson Chopper Trike. She took up competitive power lifting and benched 95 pounds and dead lifted 195 pounds, winning first place in her weight and age group.
Paula says ...."As I grow older, the word that best describes me is ... determination. Don't tell me I can't, because I will." She has come to realize it doesn't matter where you go in life, it is who you have beside you that counts and her family is everything.
She and her husband, Jim, have been married for 23 years. She has one son and four daughters. She lost two of her daughters early in their lives. They suffered from a neurological illness caused by Agent Orange that was sprayed during the Vietnam War. She has two step-sons, three daughters in-law, one son in-law and six beautiful grandchildren which keep her young!
Paula is a working lady and has been a hair stylist for 44 years. She loves what she does by bringing out the inner beauty of a person and making them feel good about themselves.
One of her goals is to be the best in whatever she is doing. In 2008, Paula was awarded Top Hair Stylist. She was the official hair stylist for the Ms Senior America Pageant 2008 - 2009. Is she really that fast and good? Ask the contestants at the Ms Senior America Pageant. Paula became something of a legend back stage.
Debbie Carroll-Boyce, Ms. Senior America 2011/2012, resides in Frisco, Texas. Debbie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with a Teacher Certification in Speech and Theatre from the University of Texas at Arlington. She also earned a Master of Education Degree in Counseling and Mid-Management Administration from Texas Women’s University. Debbie was a teacher, counselor and principal for 31 years, which included 14 years as a middle and high school teacher and counselor and 17 years as an Elementary School Principal. She earned top awards as an Educator and Principal including as Principal she opened and lead her elementary school in Texas to receive the United States National “Blue Ribbon” award presented and accepted by Debbie at a White House ceremony in Washington, DC. She was named “Most Positive Principal” by the Power of Positive Student Organization, and Star Community Newspaper’s “Reader’s Choice Award”. Debbie’s school was also named by Dallas Magazine a “Top 25 School” in Texas based on Science and Math scores, and she was voted “Best Teacher” by her students. She studied and trained with the Zig Ziglar organization and implemented The Power of Positive Students curriculum with all of her students.
Debbie is currently employed and holds an active Texas Real Estate License with the #1 real estate company in Texas. She has received numerous sales awards at Ebby Halliday Real Estate Company including “Honor Roll”, “Diamond Award”, “Platinum Award”, “Star Achiever” and “Excellence in Customer Service Award”. Frisco Newspaper readers recently named Debbie “Readers’ Choice Best Realtor” for the second consecutive year, and “Mover and Shaker to Watch”.
Volunteer and Community Involvement: Debbie now utilizes her talents tutoring students as a volunteer. She is also a volunteer helping seniors at retirement communities. Debbie also speaks and performs at various community and business organization meetings. She is planning to develop a program that will champion mental and physical wellness.
Debbie is a third generation active member of her hometown community Frisco, Texas. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Frisco and also often attends the Hope Fellowship Church in Frisco. Debbie is currently a member of the Frisco Heritage Association, Frisco Area Retired Teacher Association, Life-time member of the Parent-Teacher Association, Cameo Club and Tap Dazzlers in Training. Debbie is a former Board member and President of the Collin County Ballet Theatre and a founding Board member of the Frisco Association of the Arts and founding Board member of Frisco Style Magazine.
Special Interests/Hobbies Dancing, performing, working out (including yoga, zumba and kick-boxing), motivational speaking, listening to music, reading, spectator sports and spending time with her daughter Brittany.
College Activities and Honors Dean’s List, Feature Twirler for University Band, University Cheerleader, Miss University of Texas at Arlington, UTA Campus Favorite, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Miss Dallas 2nd Runner-Up, Miss Collin County 1st Runner-Up.
On August 11, 2012 Lillie Madison was crowned Ms. Texas Senior America 2012. This Arlington resident became the first African American woman to win the crown in the history of the pageant. In October 2012, Lillie traveled to Atlantic City, New Jersey to compete with 50 other women for the Ms. Senior America title, and won Second Place.
But this is just part of the story.
Lillie Madison was born in Knoxville, TN with the God given gift of a beautiful voice. As, a child she started singing gospel songs that inspired and carried her through her teens and adulthood. Lillie is the gorgeous mother of three sons, grandmother of two grandchildren and has three great-grandchildren. Through the years Lillie maintained home, work and a career, but she continued to sing. She has sung for Alex Haley, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Gov. of TN, Ned McWhorten.
Lillie was transferred from Knoxville, TN to Dallas/Ft. Worth with Delta Airlines, Inc. in 1994. This was a turning point in her life. While still a gospel singer, her talent broadened to ballads, love and inspirational songs.
Lillie has met so many wonderful and loving people in the great state of Texas. She is currently the Director of the Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant. She is a member of the Cameo Club of Texas and with them performs at Veterans’ Hospitals, and for residents of independent and assisted living communities. She is a member of the Potter’s House in Ft. Worth, TX. Her special interests include working in her flower bed, gardening, ceramics, crocheting and water aerobics.
It is important to Lillie that women of all ages understand that life is what we make of it and how we live it. The hopes and dreams and talents that we develop in our youth can carry us through life. At any time, at any place, at any point in our lives we can accomplish great things and achieve our goals and dreams.
Since winning the Ms. Texas Senior America title, Lillie has created her own one woman show. You too can experience the inspirational sounds of Ms. Texas Senior America 2012 by booking Lillie Madison for your next gathering, birthday party, special event or any time you simply want to “wow” your audience with gospel, ballads or inspirational melodies from the heart
Lillie’s message from her heart:
Throughout my life singing has been my inspiration. Through song I share with others the source of my strength, which gives me confidence to handle the present and prepare for the future without fear. One of my greatest joys in life is extending my hand to help other people. I remain faithful to God who sustains my very existence.
Live for today, learn from yesterday, and dream for tomorrow.
My MOTTO: “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13)
My Love to ALL,