Celebration to mark 50th anniversary of Miss Texas slated

Published on Thursday, 5 December 2013 23:27 - Written by From Staff Reports

A celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the crowning of Miss Athens as Miss Texas 1964 will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cain Center in Athens.

The celebration will mark the crowning at the late Sharon McCauley as Miss Athens, who went on to win the Miss Texas 1964 title and place third in the Miss America contest.

Guests will be able to meet Miss Texas 2013, Ivana Hall, and photographs and autographs will be available.

The celebration will include a reception, refreshments, presentations and memorabilia display.

This event is free and presented in conjunction with the Henderson County Historical Museum.

Born Oct. 9, 1944, Miss Athens Sharon McCauley, 19, was a vocalist when she sang “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from “Gypsy” to win the state crown in 1964 and be named third runner-up to Miss America. Shortly thereafter, she and her family were invited to the White House to meet President Lyndon Johnson.

She continued her interest and support in the Miss Texas Pageant throughout her life, helping young women better themselves through their pageant pursuits. She served as an emcee, judge, donor and coordinator of the annual alumni luncheon for many years.

She died in Southlake on Sept. 8, 2009, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.