Don’t let the crown fool you! Besides nobly representing the senior citizen population of Hopkins County, this majestic grandmother also enjoys camping, white water raft and sky diving! Mary Ivey was named Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic in 2018. After a year full of fun and exciting events, she will now hand over the crown to a new representative on Saturday, June 1. During a KSST Good Morning Show interview, Mary invited everyone to the 2019 Pageant, set for 6 pm in the Banquet Hall of the Hopkins County Civic Center. Admission is free.
Mary is naturally quiet and reserved, and appears to be quite shy. She and her husband Loyd have been married for over 50 years, have raised two children and enjoy the activities of their two grandchildren. During last year’s Pageant, another side of Mary’s personality shone through when she portrayed a homespun character “something between Ellie Mae Clampett and Daisy Mae”. In overalls and blonde pigtails, Mary came to life in a comedian role! Her appeal to the audience to help her sing the song ‘You Met Another and PFFT You Was Gone” from Hee-Haw was met with participation and hilarious laughter! Mary’s Philosophy of Life and Evening Gown presentations along with her overall demeanor convinced the judges that she would make an excellent Ms. Hopkins County Senior. Next, Mary advanced to the Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant, scoring in the top ten finalists. Back home she’s appeared at a score of ribbon-cuttings, parades and public events during her year as royalty as well as making dozens of new friends. Now, Mary will pass on her crown to a new Ms. Hopkins County Senior at the conclusion of the pageant on June 1, 2019. Her heartfelt request is for other ladies age 60 and older to “step out of their comfort zone” and plan to enter next year’s Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic Pageant! They can contact Karon Weather, Director of the Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center, at 150 MLK Drive or find out more at the exciting June 1 event.