Miller crowned Ms. Senior Homemaker

Bowler resident the queen of multitasking

Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Molly Miller, right, who ultimately won the crown of Ms. Senior Homemaker 2019, balances the needs of an infant, laundry and dishes while handling the demands of a telemarketer, played Kevin Petersen. The scene was staged under the direction of Chris Enslin. Meeting multitasking demands is one of the steps needed to earn the title of Ms. Senior Homemaker, and contestants chose a variety of approaches to handling the stress without throwing the baby out with the dishwater.

“We are all multitaskers,” Chris Enslin, of University of Phoenix, told the crowd at the 2019 Ms. Senior Homemaker pageant.

As the contestants balanced dishes, a baby, laundry and a pesky telemarketer in front of an appreciative audience, Enslin had to acknowledge that some are better at multitasking than others.

One woman, Moliche “Molly” Miller, had the chance to prove just that, and that was one of the reasons she was recently crowned the 2019 Ms. Senior Homemaker.

The competition was held June 6 at the Shawano Lake County Park pavilion.

A Bowler area resident, Miller proved to be “distinctly” a winner, using a lot of humor in her presentations, according to Amy Thusius. Her outfit of choice, which reflected her Stockbridge-Munsee heritage, resonated with the judges, Thusius added.

Ms. Senior Homemaker is Thusius’ brainchild. She wanted to find a way to acknowledge the work that senior women had done in their lives, build their self-esteem and create a “heartwarming” experience for them.

The pageant concept, now in its eighth year, came to her in a dream, she said. It involves a baked item that contestants prepare, an outfit or accessory that describes something about their life, a talent presentation, a multi-tasking exercise and a simple question.

Contestants are relieved to hear that there is no bathing suit competition, Thusius said.

The talent portion of the event centered more on visual than performing arts this year, she said.

Other contestants were Ruth Eggert, Dorothy Link, Emily Parsons, Joyce Philipp and Marita Vrba.

To enter, contestants must be age 55 or older. They can be from any county. Thusius likes to limit the pool of candidates to six or seven, and said if more apply they will go on a waiting list. She does not want to screen candidates ahead of time.

“I don’t want to exclude someone because they don’t play the violin,” she said.

Prizes for both all contestants and winners are donated by community individuals and businesses, Thusius said.

The annual event also included a luncheon and a performance by Elvis John.