Maid of Cotton

The Maid of Cotton pageant, involving cotton-producing USA states, began in 1939.  It was sponsored by the National Cotton Council, Memphis Cotton Carnival and the Cotton Exchanges of Memphis, New York & New Orleans.  Until the mid-1980s the pageant was held in Memphis TN, in conjunction with the Carnival. 

In mid-December every year the National Cotton Council released a list of the contestants.  Sometimes the newspapers published the complete lists, while others listed only those from their areas.  There were usually 20 contestants each year, with a Top 10 being called and then a Top 5, from which the 2nd- and 1st-runners up would be named and then a winner from among the other three finalists still standing on the stage.    

The contestants were checked for personality, poise, good manners, intelligence, modeling ability and - high on the list - family background, as well as beauty.  They must have been born in one of the cotton-producing states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North or South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas or Virginia.  She may have been born in the cotton-producing counties of Alexander, Jefferson, Massac, Pulaski, Williamson or Madison in Illinois, or Clark or Nye counties, Nevada.

The winners served as goodwill and fashion ambassadors of the cotton industry in a 5-month, all-expense tour of more than 30 major American cities from coast to coast.  In the mid-1950s they began to tour the world.  When the role of cotton in the area declined, the national press lost interest, and in the mid-1980s Dallas TX took over the pageant, in conjunction with the National Cotton Council and its overseas division, Cotton Council International. 

In 1986 there were four specific criteria for the contestants - poise, personality, communication skills and appearance.  Also in that year, in an effort to give more young women a chance to enter the contest, the National Cotton Council eliminated the rule requiring contestants to be born in a cotton-producing state.

The Maid of Cotton pageant was discontinued in 1993 because Cotton Inc. stopped contributing scholarship money to the event.

 

date Maid of Cotton  
Maid of Cotton 1939

date ?

1 Memphis TN - Alice Hall
Maid of Cotton 1940

date ?

1 Memphis TN - Mary Nell Porter
Maid of Cotton 1941

1941 January 17

1 LaGrange TN - Alice Erle Beasley
2 Macon MS - Ruthe Minor
3 Memphis TN - Gloria Mott
Maid of Cotton 1942

1942 February 5

100+ entries

1 Memphis TN - Camille McLean Anderson
Maid of Cotton 1943

1943 January 2

10 entries

1 Lepanto AR - Bonnie Beth Byler
2 Calvert TX - Francis Barton Harris
3 Fort Worth TX - Ernestine Ashe

Remainder
Clarksdale MS - Martha Montgomery
Fordyce AR - Lucie Catherine Gates
Greenwood MS - Martha Wells
Griffin GA - Bette Shepard
Jonesboro AR - Margaret Ann Stuck
Memphis TN - Ann Duncan
Port Arthur TX - Ercelle Hardcastle

Maid of Cotton 1944

1944 January 7

1 Donaldsville LA - Linwood Lelane Gisclard

Among the remainder
Greenville MS - Glenna Day

Maid of Cotton 1945

1945 February 6

15 entries

1 West Point MS - Jennie Erle Cox
2  Jackson TN- Jane Burnette Anderson
3  Memphis TN- Doris Janice Rogers

Among the remainder (need 10 more names)
Abilene TX - Orleanor Dellis
Little Rock AR - Betty Joanne Grayson

Maid of Cotton 1946

1946 January 7

16 entries

1 Greenwood MS - Gwin Barnwell
2 Brownsville TN - Lucille Hamer
3 Memphis TN - Beverly Stewart

Remainder
Atlanta GA - Bettye Fitts
Clarksdale MS - Mary Noel Baird
Hayti MO - Betty Joe Watkins
Kenneth MO - Eva Lee Crugett
Lake Village AR - Leslie Hampton
Lepanto AR - Eloise Stuckley
Macon MS - Barbara Anne Trigg
Memphis TN - Frances Stevenson
Memphis TN - Linda Lou Stovall
Prentiss MS - Glyds Ramsey
Statesboro GA - Betty Bird Foy
Tupelo MS - Marble Dean Fairchild
Whitehaven TN - Joy Jemison

Maid of Cotton 1947

1947 January 13

22 entries

1 Memphis TN - Hilma Seay

Among the remainder (need 12 more names)
Alamo TX - Rosemary Drennan
Austin TX - Estelle Culver
Greenville MS - Ann Leverette
Greenville SC - Adielene Carter
Greer SC - Lucille Greene
Hartsville SC - Joy Gilbert
Huntersville NC - Doris Jane Moore
Rocky Mount NC - Margaret Eagles Fountain
San Benito TX - Jeanne Cardell Miller

Maid of Cotton 1948

1948 January 6

22 entries

1 Fort Worth TX - Matilda Lou Nail
2 Gaffney SC - Catherine Hamrick
3  Waxahachie TX - Elizabeth Ann Stollenwerck

Remainder
Anderson SC - Emily Pruitt
Charlotte NC - Miriam A. Isnibour (surname not clear)
Chattanooga TN - Betty Jean Stocker
Dallas TX - Mary Ann Harrier
Dearmanville AL - Lucy Whiteside
Gadsen AL - Sue Donegan
Glendora MS - Elizabeth Peacock Sturdivant
Hattiesburg MS - Amelia Pearl Day
Hot Springs AR - Marle Parker
Marianna AR - Christine Traicoff
Memphis TN - Marion Virginia Dwyer
Memphis TN - Mignon Presley
Memphis TN - Rebecca Dodson
Memphis TN - Willaine Howard Moody
New Orleans LA - Georgia Paris Carothers
San Antonio TX - Jeanette Neff
Spartanburg SC - Harriet Roswell Ancrum
Tioga TX - Martha Jean Langston
Tiptonville TN - Geneva Trim

Maid of Cotton 1949

1949 January 5

18 entries

1 Bakersfield CA - Suzanne "Sue" Howell
2 Knoxville TN - Mary Patterson
3 (no information)

Among the remainder (need 6 more names)
Corpus Christi TX - Nell Walker
Dallas TX - Glynda Hawkins
Dallas TX - Mary Ann Robinson
Houston TX - Evelyn Rayzor
Jacksonville AL - Carolyn Lowrey
Memphis TN - Bettye Long
Watonga OK - Doris Heldenbrand
(city?) CA - Charlotte Honker

Withdrew Jan. 4 due to illness
Ennis TX - Jeannie Hogan
Greenville SC - Joanne Woodward

Maid of Cotton 1950

1950 January 3

20 entries

1 Spartanburg SC - Elizabeth A. McGee
2 Edmond OK - George Ann Hicks
3 Nashville TN - Emma Cain

Remainder
Belmont NC - Lillian Lineberger
Bessemer AL - Mary Pharr Lathram
Caldwell KY - Anne Starling
Columbus GA - Carol Pyle
Dallas TX - Mary Campbell
Fort Payne AL - Lallie Hudgins
Fort Smith AR - Beverly Mai Jones
Gadsden AL - Sara Jones
Greenville SC - Joanne Woodward
Grenada MS - Elinor Green
Helena AR - Helen Hanks Stephens
Houston TX - Betty Ann Cross
Memphis TN - Ann Marie Caskey
Memphis TN - Ellen Craft Ramsey
Memphis TN - Helen Patricia House
New Orleans LA - Dorothy Randolph Iley
Redmond CA - Patricia Donough

Maid of Cotton 1951

1950 December 28

21 entries

1 Houston TX - Jeannine Holland
2 San Luis Obispo CA - Eleanore Chalmers
3 Greenville SC - Jean Neal

Top 5
Sumner MS - Elizabeth Anderson
Tuscaloosa AL - Ann Brooking Adams

Remainder
Arcola MS - Lannese Thompson
Blue River MS - Beverly Guyton
Dickson TN - Imogene Morgan
El Paso TX - Mary Beth Nichols
Gastonia NC - Annette McCarter
Greensboro NC - Margaret Virginia Schenck
Houston TX - Angie Branch (sisters)
Houston TX - Ellece Branch (sisters)
Knoxville TN - Ruth Garrett
Knoxville TN - Sara Gentry
Lubbock TX - Ruth Brunson
Lucy TN - Jo Ann Williams
Macon GA - Tap Sullivan
Memphis TN - Jean Arnold
Shreveport LA - Catherine Anne Settles
Springdale AR - Martha Brooks

Maid of Cotton 1952

1952 January 3

20 entries

1 Dallas TX  - Patricia Ann Mullarkey
2 Austin TX - Lucianne Knight
3 Bells TN - Betty Carol Goosman

Top 5
Anniston AL - Catherine Bailey
Los Angeles CA - Allyn Smith

Remainder
Baton Rouge LA - Jeanne Vaughn Thompson
Columbus GA - Joan Morrison
Decatur GA - Laura Duncan
Eden TX - Derose Whittenburg
El Paso TX - Kathryn Sparks
Florence SC - Mary Kemp Griffin (World 53)
Greenville MS - Merrie Jane Acree
Kings Mountain NC - Patricia Neisler
Memphis TN - Virginia Kirchdorfer
Mesa AZ - Leona Coates
Miami Shores FL - Patricia Moore
New Orleans LA - Mary Irene Richeson
Paragould AR - Diane Mack
Poplar Bluff MO - Patricia Ann Weber
Thomasville GA - Jane Jay

Maid of Cotton 1953

1952 December 30

22 entries

1 Selma AL - Alice Julia Corr
2 Yazoo City MS - Jo Ann Turner
3 Los Angeles CA - Bobette Bentley

Top 5
Alma GA - Christelle Lois Taylor
Germantown TN - Marlin Jones

Top 10
Bradenton FL - Ruthie Garst
Charlotte NC - Sidney Erwin
Houston TX - Mary Lipscomb
Mont Clare SC - Emily Wood Coxe
Taylor TX - Patricia Ann Torn

Remainder
Arlington TN - Rosamond Ann Herring
Athens TN - Ann Varnadow
Aulander NC - Dorothy Jenkins
Bloomfield MO - Verna Lawrence
Chattanooga TN - Clara Ann Hall
Helena AR - Patsy Mabie
Hennessey OK - Cletha Jo York
Houston TX - Gloria Gillespie
Jacks MS - Margaret Crook
Lubbock TX - Patricia Mansell
Memphis TN - Mertice Jeter
San Antonio TX - Great Nissen

Maid of Cotton 1954

1954 January 6

20 entries

1 El Paso TX - Beverly Louise Pack
2 Uniontown AL - Hope White
3 Poplar Bluff MO - Martha Garner

Top 5
San Marino CA - Coleen Mae Neill
Columbus GA - Barbara Brown

Remainder
Albuquerque NM - Nancy Joan Downey
Burlington NC - Ann Elizabeth May
Chattanooga TN - Barbara Neidhardt
Dallas TX - Eleanor Maxine McCarter
High Point NC - Betsy Durland Davis
Jonesboro AR - Betty Lou Ayers
Laurel MS - Esther Jane Swartzfager
Memphis TN - Lynda Woodward
Memphis TN - Margaret Russell
Meridian MS - Suzanne Paul
New Orleans LA - Mignon Jacqueline Faget
Pampa TX - Ann Perkins
Raeford NC - Sue Upchurch
Spartanburg SC - Barbara Cates
Tulia TX - Carol Lindley


Garner (3), Pack (1), White (2)
Maid of Cotton 1955

1955 January 4

22 entries

1 Sallisaw OK - DeLois J. Faulkner
2 West Palm Beach FL - Faye Anthony
3 Galveston TX - Mary Lou Holliday

Top 5
Bessemer AL - Hilda Smith
Tucson AZ - Patricia Christine Hall

Remainder
Alamogordo NM - Shirl Brunell
Bennettsville SC - Iris Kornegay
Beverly Hills CA - Kathleen Leavey
Clarksdale MS - Celeste Hill Luckett
Columbus GA - Patricia Sue “Patsy” Hett
Fayetteville NC - Mary Clement Jordan
Fort Worth TX - Virginia Mitchell
Gainesville FL - Diane Williams
Greenwood MS - Diane Ashley
Little Rock AR - Jimmie Rose Harrison
Memphis TN - Mary Lewis Myatt
New Orleans LA - Cynthia Anne Forchheimer
New Orleans LA - Roberta Landry
San Angelo TX - Brenda Beck
Shreveport LA - Belmore Hicks
Sikeston MO - Aletha Pitts
Wrightsville Beach NC - Barbara Hatcher

Maid of Cotton 1956

1955 December 28

23 entries

1 Raleigh NC - Patricia Ann Cowden
2 Lubbock TX - Revis Jordan
3 Mission TX - Minta Curtis

Top 5
(no information)

Among the remainder (need 7 more names)
Augusta GA - Joan Swann Griffin
Bartlett TX - Lucinda Bailey
Baton Rouge LA - Mona Dell Henderson
Coushatta LA - Lou-Frances Strange
Dallas TX - Patricia Ann Stehr
Hatch NM - Patty Stewart
Houston TX - Dorothy Marie Falkenberg
Jackson MS - Frances Habig
Kennett MO - Bettie Sue McHaney
Lebanon KY - Marticle May
Loyal OK - LaDonna Kramer
Montevallo AL - Joanna Sharp
St. Helena CA - Jean Reid Everett

Maid of Cotton 1957

1956 December 28

23 entries

1 Huntingdon TN - Helen Landon
2 Enoree SC - Jo Ann Deason
3 Kenton TN - Sally Wade

Top 5
(no information)

Remainder
Asheville NC - Mary Marshall Hampton
Atlanta GA - Kay Holloway
Austin TX - Sharon Henson
Bartlesville OK - Marcela Dianne Grover
Crenshaw MS - Kathryn Louise Cooper
Dallas TX - Margaret Wunderlich
Deming NM - Jo Beth Stevens
Grenada MS - Alma Maxine Dubard
Henderson NC - Jean Faulkner
Huntsville AL - Sandra Joy Kelley
Lasara TX - Llewellyn Dale Watson
Little Rock AR - Kay Smith
Long Beach CA - Carol Ann Beck (in the Top 10)
Longview TX - Sherry Sinex
Memphis TN - Joanna Kindig
Miami FL - Susan Perry
Oklahoma City OK - Wauleah Young
Rock Hill SC - Pat Rainwater
St. Louis MO - Francine Coffey
West Point MS - Frances Marie Bryan

Maid of Cotton 1958

1958 January 3

20 entries

1 Atlanta GA - Jean Carter
2 Memphis TN - Alice Condon
3 Hartsville SC - Ruth Ann Bennett

Top 5
Jackson MS - Bethea Perrin Brown
New Orleans LA - Jacklyn Marie Jones

Among the remainder (need 4 more names)
Augusta GA - Betty Cook
Brandon MS - Mary Ann Mobley (Miss America 1959)
Cleveland MS - Margaret Ewing
Fabens TX - Helen Ethridge
Fayetteville AR - Carolyn Clark
Fresno CA - Janice Brown
Georgetown SC - Glenda Jo Miller
Lubbock TX - Nan Kelly
New Albany MS - Nan Rutledge
Roswell NM - Laura Anderson
Waco TX - Susan Barcus

Maid of Cotton 1959

1958 December 30

20 entries

1 Stillwater OK - Malinda Diggs Berry
2 Greenwood MS - Mary Sharp Swayze
3Tyler TX  - Marcella Ann McKenzie

Top 5
Casa Grande AZ - Madelyn Bea Buntz
Los Angeles CA - Carole Keppler

Remainder
Baxley GA - Beth Hunt
Brenham TX - Suzanne Schoenemann
Carlsbad NM - Anna Jane Sitton
Dallas TX - Carolina Jolliff
Fort Worth TX - Betty Carpenter
Georgiana AL - Annette Nall
Greensboro NC - Miranda Burnett
Lubbock TX - Yvonne Skinner
Malden MO - Sarah Jane Melton
Memphis TN - Miriam Warren
Nashville TN - Betty Lackey
Nashville TN - Marie Morrison
New Iberia LA - Marle Brown
Perry GA - Martha Evans
Shelbyville KY - Martha Hall

Withdrew
Jacksonville FL - Lael Jackson (ill at home) (NYC-America 57)


Keppler, Buntz, Berry (1)
Maid of Cotton 1960

1959 December 30

22 entries

1 Riverside CA  - Sandra Lee Jennings
2 Savannah TN - Linda Rice
3 Okolona MS - Margaret Gail Abernathy

Top 5
Marks MS - Kathleen Evelyn Crahill
Memphis TN - Delia Chamberlin

Remainder
Amarillo TX - Enna McDaniel
Bernice LA - Suzanne Lindsey
Charleston MO - Marilyn Ann Story
Commerce TX - Genevieve Hogue
Coy AR - Mary Graham Hunter
Greenville MS - Anne Hutchinson Davis
Greenville NC - Betty Lane Evans
Houston TX - Flo Burris
Jonesboro AR - Mary Jane Melton
Las Cruces NM - Cecelia Ann Rawlings
Lookout Mountain TN - Frances William Jones
Memphis TN - Natalie Park Dunn
Memphis TN - Mary Joy Prichard
Oklahoma City OK - Betsy Newcomb
Orlando FL - Judith Ann Bradley
Prentiss MS - Elaine Lipsey
Troy AL - Mildred Louise Nelson


Chamberlin, Crahill, Jennings (1)
Maid of Cotton 1961

1960 December 29

21 entries

1 Forest MS - Linda Joy Lackey
2 Deming NM - Nancy Sue Gray
3 Lubbock TX - Joan Wienke

Top 5
Memphis TN - Laetitia Jane Robison
Raleigh NC - Carol Ann Williams

Remainder
Baton Rouge LA - Eleanor McGearin Williamson
Bishopville SC - Marie Clyburn
Clint TX - Maxine Ann Cochran
Dyersburg TN - Elizabeth Dean Magee
Fairfield TX - Emma Jane Ivy
Fort Lauderdale FL - Ava Ann Camp
Greenwood MS - Martha K. Wade
Houston TX - Marie Summers
Little Rock AR - Susan H. Hamilton
Los Angeles CA - Paulette Ralphell Adams
Macon MS - Charlotte Ogden
Memphis TN - Martha Barrett
Memphis TN - Martha G. Myatt
Morehead KY - Lynn S. Evans
Nashville TN - Noel Bowen
Tallahassee AL - Margaret Moore


Wienke (3), Lackey (1), Gray (2)
Maid of Cotton 1962

1961 December 29

22 entries

1 Waco TX - Penne Ann Percy
2 Nashville TN - Margaret Ann Teas
3 Lubbock TX - Ethel Ann Glassock

Top 5
El Paso TX - Barbara Jane McDaniel
Lookout Mountain TN - Ann Hubbard Dudley

Remainder
Anderson SC - Julia Tinsley Meeks
Atlanta GA - Judy Ann Letson
Atlanta GA - Pamela Ann Carlton
Baton Rouge LA - Susan Kathryn Gould
Caruthersville MS - Sarah Kay Burns
Greenville SC - Arah Nan Brown
Harlingen TX - Barbara Ann Smith
Los Angeles CA - Karen Ann Kyson
Maplewood LA - Betty Lou McHaffie
Marks MS - Ann Adams
Marshall TX - Pamela Ann Martin
McAlesier OK - Linda Lehnhard
Meadville MS - Sandra Scarbrough
Memphis TN - Margaret Cecile Dew
Silver City NM - Teresa M. Chaparro
Tucson AZ - June Arlene Wilson
Tuscaloosa AL - Missy Forehand

Maid of Cotton 1963

1962 December 28

20 entries

1Albuquerque NM  - Shelby Joy Smith
2 Thorsby AL - Becky Bentley
3 Memphis TN - Cynthia Thomas

Top 5
Long Beach CA - Barbara Ruth Lundell
Lubbock TX - Susan Elliott

Remainder
Aberdeen MS - Linda Kay Owen
Atlanta GA - Nancy Brittain Lloyd
Austin TX - Linda Wheat Steinhauser
Bonham TX - Sandra Dianne Castle
Clint TX - Niki Lettunich
Dallas TX - Elizabeth Ellen Elkins
Dardanelle AR - Scarlett Cornwell
El Paso TX - Marilyn Geyer
El Paso TX - Winfrey Anne Rogers
Jackson MS - Mary Jane Ray
Nashville TN - Barbara Ann Nordholt
Natchez MS - Mildred Ann James
Robinsonville MS - Irwin Leatherman
Stigler OK - Dana Darlene Reno (America 62)
Stillwater OK - Gladeen Burris


Bentley (2), Smith (1), Thomas (3)
Maid of Cotton 1964

1963 December 30

20 entries

1 Andalusia AL - Katy Sue Meredith
2 Memphis TN - Carolyn Kay Adair
3 Forest MS - Loren Mitchell Ormand

Top 5
Nashville TN - Barbara Beamon
Shreveport LA - Karen Elizabeth Carlson

Remainder
Arlington VA - Carol Ann White
Charlotte NC - Alice Winston Conner
Charlotte NC - Kenny McArver
Dallas TX - Diane Holbrook
Deming NM - Suzie Appleton
Ellisville MS - Beverly Sue Young
Glennville GA - Alice Louise Blocker
Hollywood CA - Sharon Lee Moore
Houma LA - Alice Baird Johnson
Lexington KY - Ann Rodgers Martin
Mathis TX - Jeanne Wehmeyer
Memphis TN - Kay Carpenter
New Orleans LA - Vallee Jones
Orangeburg SC - Irene Sifley
Tulsa OK - Karen Anne Ogilvie


Adair (2), Meredith (1), Ormand (3)
Maid of Cotton 1965

1964 December 29

20 entries

1 Fort Worth TX - Judy Hill
2 Fairfax AL - Linda Kay Smith
3 Waukomis OK - Cheryl Ann Semrad

Top 5
Huntington Beach CA - Joanne Dockwiller
Round Pond AR - Mary Katherine Walker

Remainder
Carlsbad NM - Patsy Moore
Columbus MS - Beth Edmondson
Coral Gables FL - Mary Anna Duncan
Crossett AR - Jane Sullins
Dallas TX - Janet Kerr
Danville VA - Robin Link
El Paso TX - Jorann Mays
Haynesville LA - Sandra Kay McElwee
Kaplan LA - Peggy Romero
Lubbock TX - Reha Bristow
Memphis TN - Carole Pickens
Memphis TN - Elizabeth Ragsdale
Springhill LA - Sherry Lynn Boucher
Tucson AZ - Marsha Toben
Winona MS - Rosemary Harris


Smith (2), Hill (1), Semrad (3)
Maid of Cotton 1966

1965 December 29

20 entries

1 Lubbock TX - Nancy Bernard
2 Drew MS - Martha Talc Stokely
3 Augusta GA - Vivian Elizabeth Davis

Top 5
Greenville SC - Anna Frances Tipton
Trenton TN - Patricia Patterson

Top 10
Columbia SC - Nina Dulin
Franklin TN - Robbie Robertson
Lookout Mountain TN - Marsha Goree
Marfa TX - Lynda Howard
Rayne LA - Terry Cobena

Remainder
Arlington TX - Alice Vennum
Carlsbad NM - Martha Reva Anderson
Fayette AL - Julia England
Gunnison MS - Sally Bell Scott
Memphis TN - Susan Lee Scott
Monroe LA - Elaine Spencer
Paulette MS - Madelynn Hardy
Phoenix AZ - Pamela Arne
San Diego CA - Linda Ann Taylor (1st RU International 64)
Swan Lake MS - Jane Flautt

Maid of Cotton 1967

1966 December 28

20 entries

1 Gastonia NC - Georgia Kay Pearce
2 Hobbs NM - Kim Caylor
3 Phoenix AZ - Connie Diane Fletcher

Top 5
Greenbrae CA - Pamela Kathleen Driver
Seattle WA - Mary Emily Norris

Among the remainder (need 5 more names)
Athens TX - Michele Jan Myers
Dallas TX - Sande Drews
Guymon OK - Jane Hitch
Langdale AL - Mary Elizabeth Hinkle
Mayesville SC - Kathi Mayes
Memphis TN - Cathy Jean McDonald
Midland TX - Kay Hayden
New Orleans - Mary Nell Nolan
Pensacola FL - Barbara Joan Woodbury
Tupelo MS - Katherine Victoria Armstrong


Pearce (1), Norris, Driver
Maid of Cotton 1968

1967 December 29

20 entries

1 Jackson MS - Susan Holder
2 Cathedral City CA - Vicki Marie Palmer
3 Odessa TX - Seree Irene Scott

Top 5
Metairie LA - Elizabeth McLaurin Bethea
Dillon SC - Eileen Presse

Remainder
Alexandria VA - Catherine Grimes Jones
Ashdown AR - Jeanie Cobb
Atlanta GA - Lydia Alice Hodgson
Charlotte NC - Mary Claire McMillan
El Paso TX - Kristen Holmberg
Jackson MS - Sue Windsor
Knoxville TN - Julia Lynn Reagan
Lake Charles LA - Linda Schellack
Lubbock TX - Vickie Esty
Phoenix AZ - Linda Hochstetter
Ponce City OK - Sally Edwards
Scottsboro AL - Jeanie Muse
St. Louis MO - Mary Katherine Kinn
Tucumcari NM - Janice Benson
Tuscaloosa AL - Susan Alexander


Holder (1), Presse
Maid of Cotton 1969

1969 January 3

20 entries

1 Denton TX - Cathryn Louise Muirhead
2 Martin TN - Cynthia Gay Vincent
3 El Paso TX - Eileen Lovejoy Arnold

Top 5
Glendale CA - Terri Lynn Luedtke
Russellville AR - Margo Gibson

Top 10
El Paso TX - Teri Dean McKinley
Fort Worth TX - Nancy Karen Newbern
Gueydan LA - Dianne Lynn Hardee
Jacksonville FL - Grace Haynes Cavert
Starkville MS - Sharon Kay Applegate

Remainder
Atlanta GA - Wylene Commander
Eufaula OK - Connie O’Reilly
Gadsden AL - Jane Sims
Hobbs NM - Lynn Branson
Mayesville SC - Patricia Mayes
Nashville TN - Mary Linda Beazley
Oklahoma City OK - Barbara Arentz
Okolona OK - Margaret Demoville
Phoenix AZ - Judy Hickman
Tiptonville TN - Elizabeth Markham

Maid of Cotton 1970

1969 December 30

20 entries

1 Meridian MS - Rhoda Gayle Thornton
2 New Orleans LA - Louellen Aden
3Decatur GA  - Ruth Gooding Simmons

Top 5
McFarland CA - Natalie Ann Black
Rochester TX - Marsha Shaver

Remainder
Alamogordo NM - Phyllis Munro
Arlington VA - Chris Stann
Calhoun City MS - Susan Ball
Crowley LA - Susan Garcia
El Paso TX - Rebecca “Becky” Bowden
Florence AL - Corinne Rogers
Houston TX - Nancy Laughlin
Jacksonville FL - Daphne Drennon
Malvern AR - Deborah Vantrease
Memphis TN - Patty Adkins
Phoenix AZ - Lindy Stearman
Ripley TN - Mary Ellen Hargett
Sylacauga AL - Anna Fay
Texarkana AR - Suzanne Shields
Wake Forest NC - Emily Jo Holding

Maid of Cotton 1971

1970 December 30

20 entries

1 Danville VA - Patricia Dianne Perry
2 Newport Beach CA - Judith Ann Friend
3 Dallas TX - Martha Latimer

Top 5
(no information)

Remainder
Bartlesville OK - Dyan Box
Birmingham AL - Roye Annette Deerman
Bremen GA - Carla Ann Worley
Coral Gables FL - Margaret Fleming
El Paso TX - Cathie Christie
Greenville SC - Teresa McElrath
Hampton VA - Sydney Lee Lewis
Itta Bena MS - Peggy Lee Bradford
Jackson TN - Betty Alice Luck
Lexington KY - Julia Williams
Lubbock TX - Wendy Woolley
Memphis TN - La Mora Simpson
Rocky Mount NC - Greyson Shuff
Roswell NM - Linda Sloan
Scottsdale AZ - Regina Lynn Nelms
Shreveport LA - Judy White
Tallassee AL - Eugenia Reames


Latimer (3), Perry (1), Friend (2)
Maid of Cotton 1972

1971 December 30

19 entries

1 Tahoka TX - Debbie Wright
2 Irving TX - Pamela Loaring Clark
3 Ashland LA - Bonnie Martin

Top 5
(no information)

Remainder
Athens GA - Deth Bekle
Blytheville AR - Dixie Regenold
Brownsville TN - Flo Tipton
Chickasaw AL - Linda Deaton
Clarksdale MS - Linda Ritchey
Dallas TX - Nan McCoy
El Paso TX - Cathy Stratemeyer
Memphis TN - Linda Thompson
Merced CA - Jennifer Pfitzer
Midwest City OK - Pam Vennerberg
Phoenix AZ - Diane Larkey
Raymond MS - Pamela Payton
Roswell NM - Cynthia Cates
Rusk TX - Carolyn Greenwood
Stanford KY - Kaye Winn
Tampa FL - Karen Morse

Maid of Cotton 1973

1972 December 29

20 entries

1 Dallas TX - Debra Ann Ploch
2 Cedar Hill TX - Marion James
3 Stanley NC - Vivian Craig

Top 5
Humboldt TN - Janet Porter
Ruston LA - Lexie Woodward

Remainder
Bisbee AZ - Barbara Barnett
Boonville MO - Debbie Meek
Bowling Green KY - Skila Sue Harris
Clarksdale MS - Millicent Wauters
Columbus GA - Sara Bussey
Escondido CA - Bonnie Anderson
Gastonia GA - Donna Colvin
Holly Springs MS - Camille Jones
Jasper AL - Brenda Kiker
Lancaster SC - Jan Hunter
Las Cruces NM - Karen Sue Guice
Memphis TN - Barbara Lee Hall
Memphis TN - Elizabeth Jett
Odalou TX - Becky Bradshaw
Porterville CA - Davalynn Chamberlain

Maid of Cotton 1974

1973 December 28

20 entries

1 Litchfield Park AZ - Kathy Raskin
2 Monroe LA - Becky Huenefeld
3 Spartanburg SC - Dorothy Chapman

Top 5
Bethel NC - Christie Speir
Gastonia NC - Virginia Heath Reinhardt

Among the remainder (need 5 more names)
Arlington TX - Karen Green
Bowersville GA - Anna Claire Cheek
Greenville SC - Sharon Charlotte Spake
Houston TX - Martha Beasley
Las Cruces NM - Sandra Mayfield
Odenville AL - Ellen Goss
South Boston VA - Betty Carlton Fore
Stephenville TX - Ginger Whitacre
Stoutsville MO - Rebecca Ann Rives
Visalia CA - Gail Zarounian

Maid of Cotton 1975

1974 December 30

20 entries

1 Sikeston MO - Kathryn Tenkhoff
2 Ft. Myers FL - Debbie Currier
3 Isle of Palms SC - Linda Cable

Top 5
Columbia MS - Jane Fortenberry
 - (no information about the other finalist)

Remainder
Albuquerque NM - Terri Serna
Austin TX - Deborah Cearley
Austin TX - Lynn Wysocki
Birmingham AL - Patti Rawlinson
Blytheville AR - Jenny Rose
Dallas TX - Diane Milliken
El Paso TX - Carolyn Johnsen
Fresno CA - Sara Jane Willey
Homer LA - Rebecca Michael
Maitland FL - Susan Carol Norris
Memphis TN - Ginger Johnson
Memphis TN - Malinda Allen
Quitman MS - Lynn Dabbs
Rosenberg TX - Rita Junker
Tempe AZ - Marguerite Lust
Warner Robbins GA - Carolyn Gail Copeland

Maid of Cotton 1976

1975 December 30

18 entries

1 Newport Beach CA - Victoria Laughlin
2 Amarillo TX - Elise Shelton
3 Deming NM - Marci McSherry

Top 5
Gainesville FL - Susan Sylvester
New Orleans LA - Dorothy Dane

Remainder
Arlington TX - Debbie Davidson
Columbia MS - Jane Fortenberry (Top 5 previous year)
Dallas TX - Sheila Lynn Jones
El Paso TX - Anne Platt
Eloy AZ - Sue Savage
Huntsville AL - Sally Cash
Jackson MS - Sylvia Foster
Jackson MS - Vikki Hughes
Latta SC - Sarah Cox
Lookout Mountain TN - Laura Conley
Memphis TN - Ann Hughes
Piru CA - Sue Groefsema
Seagrove NC - Lynne Yow


McSherry (3), Laughlin (1)
Maid of Cotton 1977

1976 December 2

18 entries

1 Memphis TN - Ellen Douglas Clark
2 Salisbury NC - Janet Stickley
3 Lookout Mountain TN - Ann Joiner

Top 5
Casa Grande AZ - Diana Enke
San Gabriel CA - Robin Carr

Remainder
Aberdeen NC - Diana Moun
Albuquerque NM - Allison Mynatt
Amarillo TX - Kimberlee Ploch
Cullman AL - Lynne Lovelady
El Paso TX - Robin Rainbolt
Gulfport MS - Derrith Allgood
Gulfport MS - Nedra Allgood
Jacksonville FL - Nancy Stanley
Lafayette LA - Laura Daly
Los Alamos NM - Janis Nilson
Memphis TN - Betsy Callicott
Memphis TN - Ellen Crenshaw
Piedmont SC - Beverly Pepple


Joiner (3), Clark (1), Stickley (2)
Maid of Cotton 1978

1977 December 29

18 entries

1 Durham NC - Ruth Ann Harman
2 Riverside CA - Claudie Kreutzberg
3 Scottsboro AL - Lynda Nolan

Remainder
Amory MS - Laura Williams
Arlington TX - Ellen Timberlake
Baton Rouge LA - Cynthia Hamilton
Clarksville ARK - Alison Taylor
El Paso TX - Jamie Williams
Irmo SC - Marilyn Boone
Jackson MS - Mona Britt
Kansas City MO - Clady Gallagher
Lubbock TX - Becky Bailey
Memphis TN - Catherine Cash
Mesa AZ - Sandra Lambert
Monrovia CA - Lynn Miller
New Orleans LA - Elizabeth Cook
Santa Teresa NM - Kelli Lynch
Wichita Falls TX - Lory Hathorn

Maid of Cotton 1979

1978 December 29

18 entries

1 Greenville MS - Suzanne Brandon Snipes
2 Memphis TN - Katherine Crisler
3 Bowie TX - Elizabeth Lynn White
Maid of Cotton 1980

1979 December 29

1 Altus OK - Melissa Mock
2 Atlanta GA - Dulce Stephania Kingsman
3
Marianna AR - Nan Andrews

Top 5
Kannapolis NC - Janet Ward Black
Dallas TX - Susan Elizabeth Raines

Maid of Cotton 1981

1980 December 31

1 Clinton OK - Karie Kaye Ross
2 Memphis TN - Nancy Ellen Golden
3 Rossmoor CA - Elizabeth Grace Pollock

Pollock (3), Ross (1), Golden (2)
Maid of Cotton 1982

1981 December 29

1 Kansas City MO - Jann Teresa Carl
2 Rocky Mount NC - Allison Aldridge
3 Houston TX - Brenda Karabatsos
Maid of Cotton 1983

1982 December 28

16 entries

1 Arlington TN - Janie Lea Taylor
2 Little Rock AR - Catherine Ann Bays
3 Morrison OK - Lisa Dianne Downey
4 Dallas TX - Cynthia Lynn Harkness
Maid of Cotton 1984

1983 December

16 entries

1 Jefferson AL - Valerie Rhea Bendall
2 St. Louis MO - Anne Breckenridge Wilson

Top 4
Tempe AZ - Lisa Eleen Hendricks
Rancho Palos Verdes CA - Lauren Louise Gibbs


Wilson (2), Bendall (1)
Maid of Cotton 1985

date ?

20 entries

1 St. Louis MO - Michelle Pitcher
2 Charlotte NC - Mimi Boyd
3 Jackson MS - Beth Braswell

Top 5
Lacey's Spring AL - Mae Beth Steele
(city?) AL - Carla Carruth

In Top 10
El Paso TX - Molly Jane Hammond

Maid of Cotton 1986

1985 December 30

20 entries

1 Lubbock TX - Sherri Moegle
2 Dothan AK - Haden Holman
3 Dallas TX - Meg Wilson

Among the remainder
Amory MS - LeeAnn Parham
Clinton MS - Laura Murray

 
Maid of Cotton 1987

1986 December 30

17 entries

1 El Paso TX - Amy Gough
2 Tuczon AZ - Andrea Watters
3 Marks MS - Ginny Self

Top 10
Charlotte NC - Carol Lovelace
Corona del Mar CA - Heidi Freundt
Dallas TX - Dixie Lee Carter
Jackson TN - Meg McKnight
Long Beach CA - Jacquelyn Massey
Newberry SC - Anna Whitesides
Spartanburg SC - Ann Bryan Carr

Maid of Cotton 1988

1987 December 28

19 entries

1 Phoenix AZ - Angela Gwynn Herbert
2 Memphis TN - Glennys Cowles
3 Dimmitt TX - Tricia Touchstone
Maid of Cotton 1989

1988 December 30

1 Memphis TN - Gay Daughdrill  
Maid of Cotton 1990

date ?

20 entries

1 Houston TX - Ashley Brunson
2 Jackson TN - Machelle Caudle

Top 8
Pine Bluff AZ - Christy Chidester
Duluth GA - Carol Crim
Tucker GA - Angela Edwards
Gramling SC - Susannah Gramling
Denmark GA - Elizabeth Tyson
Buckeye TX - Raquel Youngker

Maid of Cotton 1991

1990 December 29

1 Tupelo MS - Meg Williams  
Maid of Cotton 1992

1991 December 29

1 (city?) MS - Courtney Stewart  
Maid of Cotton 1993

1992 December

1 Eads TN - Anna Spiller
2 Knoxville TN - Lee Ann Furrow