Olivia Haley, Ms. Senior America 2008
"Some people live a lifetime for moments like this and I can't believe it happened to me. I went on this journey hoping, asking for God to give me confidence, peace, and to do the best I could. I knew that I had done my best, but never dreamed that I would be crowned Ms. Senior America 2008."
Olivia's journey began when a friend insisted she enter the Ms. Senior Williamson County Pageant. And won! Her unique talent and charm earned her the title of Ms. Tennessee Senior America. A combination of professional modeling, acting, entertaining and motivational speaking enabled her to emerge as the first Ms. Senior America from Tennessee.
Olivia finished the Country Music Half-Marathon (13 miles) twice and considers this as one of her greatest accomplishments. She is involved in a Fitness For Life program and has logged countless hours of community service, performing and reading at schools. She has earned her title with nursing homes, veterans homes, senior centers and expo shows. She has a passion for excercising, dancing, singing, cooking, reading, fishing and entertaining. As busy as she is, Ms. Senior America still puts family first and considers being a wife, mother and grandmother her "greatest and most rewarding role". Olivia and her husband Jim have been married for forty-six years. They have two children and five grandchildren. Olivia states that being Grand Marshall in the Franklin, TN Rodeo Parade with her granddaughters, Oliva and Haley, was a proud grandmamma moment.
Olivia's reign as Ms. Senior America 2008 has been filled with fun, excitement and opportunities that most people only dream of. She attended the Kentucky Derby wearing her crown & banner with pride and dignity to galas, receptions and the Kentucky Colonels at the Oaks on race day. Olivia was featured in the book "Fit At Fifty And Beyond" by Dr. Michael Gloth and was invited to attend the book signing celebration in Baltimore, MD. While in Washington, DC, her Congressman arranged a VIP tour of the Capitol, monuments, and at the end of the day, a surprise invitation to the Congressional Luau on the South Lawn of The White House where she was greeted by the President and First Lady.
During her reign, Olivia has touched many lives and made many new friends. She has made over 400 personal appearances including 25 local, state and national pageants with contestants of all ages. The media has given Olivia unlimited recognition locally, nationally and internationally through CNN, radio, newspapers, magazines, satellite radio, web networks and NSACCN.
"At every speaking engagement I tell my audience that seniors are the foundation of America and our most valuable treasure as stated in the Senior America Philosophy. Thank you Dr. Al Mott for introducing the world to senior women and giving us the 'rite of passage to an age when we can achieve our personal, individual dreams and aspirations'. It is truly the 'Age Of Elegance' and I will be forever proud to be in that company. Meeting all of the ladies in the pageant will always be special to me and I wish each and every one of them the very best as well as the Class of 2009. To the new Ms. Senior America: I hope your year will be filled with dreams that come true. I would like to thank my state director- Hollie Knight, Bonnie Walker, Joyce Patton, the Cameo members, the State of Tennessee, my daughter Monica and her family, but most of all I want to thank the love of my life, my husband Jim for his patience, love and confidence."