This is a picture of my mama in 1958. She was crowned Miss Nevada and was in the Miss America pageant of 1958. She was crowned by Dawn Wells (Marianne on Gilligans Island fame), who preceded her in the position of Miss Nevada.
She passed away peacefully 4 years ago at the age of 68 due to alcoholism related illnesses. She was beautiful both inside and out. I am always thrilled when people say I look like her! Who wouldn’t be right?! But more than her outer appearance, my mama was devoted to myself and my brothers even when we didn’t deserve her devotion. She was a devout Hindu and traveled to India to visit Satya Sai Baba often.
She was in a horrible car accident in 1987 which put her in a body cast for 6 months, the doctors telling her she would never walk again. She was a yogi and the combination of her faith and her yoga practice and meditation, she made a complete and full recovery. Her name was Judy and I miss her every day of my life. Thank you for reading and Happy Mothers Day!