Written by Phil Cerroni
Every autumn the Heritage Senior Center sponsors the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant for senior citizen ladies aged 60 and over. The pageant consists of three categories: Personality, Talent, and Eveningwear.
The goal behind the event is to create greater awareness of the worth of our senior citizens, and also to promote a positive image of our seniors.
Linda Spencer and Cindy Jones founded the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant in 1982. The idea caught on, and a great institution was born
Based on the example of the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant, many other senior pageants have come to life. Pageants in San Angelo, San Antonio, Abilene, and Corpus Christi have been founded, as well as the state pageant itself. Our representatives have performed admirably, winning the state pageant in 1991 (Vivian Kleinwachter) and winning the talent competition in the national pageant (Vivian again, with her roller-skating). We celebrate 26 years of honoring senior ladies. All of the Ms. Matures have been examples of what is best in senior women. These lovely ladies are vital members of the community with a lot to contribute. It is our hope that we will continue showcasing them throughout the twenty-first Century and beyond.
Source: City of Irving