Written by Phil Cerroni
Lynn Campagna - Ms. Mature 1989:
My funniest memory is being in a parade, in a red 39’ Chevy convertible. We spilt 20 POUNDS of candy out in the street when we put the top up! We didn’t have any to throw out for the parade, the kids got it first! It still makes me happy when people refer to me as “Queenie”. It’s been 20 years but it still feels good when they call me Ms. Mature. I’m proud to be part of the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant, and to represent the City of Irving.
From Rita Favors, Ms. Mature Irving 1996:
My favorite memory is wearing a dress backwards for one of the pageants when the former winners were introduced. I didn’t know the dress didn’t go that way. Lynn Campagna pointed it out, but I wore it anyway! Time to go onstage, too late to change it now. I liked the dress better that way anyway! Contestants, I wish you well, and just roll with it ‘cause you never know what’ll turn up!
Ihna Muskopf - Ms. Mature 1998:
One of the highlights for me was being in the state pageant and being in the top 10, I never dreamed that could happen. I also remember entertaining at a party at a ranch in Weatherford. I felt real at home there in my home country, playing my guitar.
One thing that was hilarious was at the state pageant. They kept mispronouncing my name. Finally my grandson jumped up and yelled “her name is Ihna Muskopf!” I was so embarrassed, oh I could’ve killed him, but they got it right after that! That same guy is a minister in the church today! It’s good memories, all the folks at the pageant and at the senior center are special to me.
Gloria Oliver - Ms. Mature 1999:
What stuck with me the most was the question they asked. I was asked what I’d change if I could, if I was crowned Ms. Mature Irving. I said nothing, because I never would have had the opportunity to the wonderful people at the senior center or have been crowned Ms. Mature Irving.
Carol Schober - Ms Mature 2000
First of all I remember that my granddaughter, Jennifer, gave me her lucky sock to keep the night I was in the Ms. Mature Pageant. I kept it in my waist band through all 3 changes during the pageant. I had it there when I was crowned. I guess it was my lucky sock, too.
At the 4th of July parade my husband was driving the borrowed convertible with me sitting in the back. He wasn't very familiar with the shifting in that car and nearly threw me off the back as the parade started.
I also remember performing at the old Senior Center Halloween party, Irving non-day Lions club, Sunshine Rotary Club, Senior Center Christmas and July 4th celebrations.
I also went to Atlanta Georgia as part of the Irving group at the America's Top 10 Cities contest.
Jackie Musgrave - Ms. Mature 2001
September 2001 was one of the most amazing experience that has happened to me in my 75 years. Although it happened only 2 weeks after 9/11… it proved to be one of the most rewarding years of my life. I had the privilege of singing at 78 venues that year and the most requested song was “God Bless America.” I will ever be grateful to Irving and the community for giving 30 beautiful Ladies the greatest opportunity of a lifetime.
I commend the Ms. Mature Organization for dedicating 30 years to the Irving Senior Community. I tip my hat to all who made this a successful tribute.
May God Bless you in the future for many more years.
Mitty Mohon - Ms. Mature 2003
I was crowned Ms Mature Irving 2003 and that was the year that I had the privilege of representing the City of Irving at the Opening of the New Heritage Senior Center. It was a wonderful night and a great experience. There were so many people and so many hugs. It was a very special evening.
Another memory - were the Seniors at the Center - Every time I would make an appearance at the Center, They would hold out their arms and I hugged everyone of them. Their eyes would just brighten up. Other special memories were the Special Appearances that I made throughout the City, the 4th of July and Christmas Parades. etc. and last - The Ms Teen America Pageant - being a judge for that pageant was really difficult. Those teenage girls really are beautiful and have so much talent. It was hard to pick just one.
Just a few of the memories that I have in my reign as Ms Mature Irving 2003.
Sue Borunda - Ms. Mature 2006
Being crowned Ms. Mature Irving was one of the highlights of my life. I didn't mean to run off and leave my escort as I was making my walk, but I was so excited I couldn't help myself.
I will always have fond memories of the year I reigned. It's a wonderful pageant for all senior ladies to experience.
Julie D. Grant - Ms Mature 2009
One surprise after another came because of the 2009 Ms Mature Pageant. I entered without any thought of winning, only with the goal of meeting new friends. We laughed, giggled, smiled, hugged and supported one another with the best show of camaraderie I’ve ever encountered. The friends I made there are still friends today.
When I stood in line waiting to hear who had won, I looked at us one at a time and thought any one of us could well be the winner; however, I knew I wasn’t going to be because I was simply there to make new friends. When they announced my name, I just stood there. It took a few minutes for it to sink in.
And what a wonderful year, serving others, meeting new people, having fun hugging everyone at the Heritage Senior Center and riding in the parades. Everyone made me feel like a red carpet celebrity. Every year I encourage all my friends who are eligible to enter. This was an experience unequaled by anything else. Congratulations, Ms Mature Pageant, on 30 wonderful years serving our city and our residents!
Ann Danford - Ms. Mature 2010:
Representing the City was such an honor. Making appearances at the Heritage Senior Center was always a highlight of the year. Another appearance that meant a lot to me was laying the wreath at the Irving Veterans Memorial Park as Ms. Mature. The Park has such a special place in my heart having spent 10 years on the Veterans Park Committee helping to get it built.
Reminiscing – from Ms. Mature Irving 2011 Mary Little
Ms. Mature Irving 2011 is proud to be a first generation American in her family, as her parents were from Czechoslovakia. She came to Irving in 1957 when her husband, a member of the Detroit Tigers Baseball team was assigned to Dallas. The couple built and operated the Sizzler Steakhouse and Keith Little’s Coffee Shop in Irving.
Mary became one of the first women in the automobile industry when Frank Parra hired her as a salesperson. She continued working as she raised her children and found time to be an active and involved mom. The 16 years of employment with him included being his General Manager at Dollar Rent A Car. Mary was also selected as 1 of 20 people in the U.S., and the first woman, to meet with engineers and designers of General Motors to give them input from a woman’s perspective. For the last 19 years she has been with the Freeman Mazda –Hyundai Auto Group in Irving.
A very meaningful part of Mary’s life in the past 12 years has been being a team member that brings a church service every Sunday afternoon to the Emeritus Assisted Living Community, formerly known as 12 Oaks. As Ms. Mature Irving 2011 Mary has spent the year representing seniors in all facets of life. Her responsibilities have included meetings at the Chamber of Commerce, grand openings of local businesses, ribbon cuttings, ground breaking ceremonies, symposiums, judging contests, speaking engagements and multiple appearances at the Heritage Senior center.
Mary says, “It has been the most adventurous, jam-packed, fun-filled year of my senior life. It has been an awesome ride. I really have been off my rocker!”
The Golden Girls
Many people believe that when you give up your crown you’re done! Not so! The ladies have formed an exciting new initiative with Pat Davenport the pageant director. This energetic group of ladies have formed into a club called The Ms. Mature Golden Girls.
They have already been seen around town at different events supporting are merchants and civic clubs. They are conducting monthly charity efforts too, on behalf of such charities as Toys for Tots and Irving Cares. Their goal is to give back to the community, and encourage others to do so as well. These dynamic gals are performers are heart though, and they are ready to go out as a group and entertain at nursing homes, civic organizations, and city events. Staying active and helping Irving is the number one priority!