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Miss Water Valley Contestant Reminisces

By Charles Cooper

Hello everyone, hope you’re having a good week.
Reflections began in January, 2001, and over the years the input of you readers has been a major factor in its success. The other day this was really brought into focus when I received a letter, picture and newspaper column from Kathryn Woods-Morgan. She has been a contributor over the years. To my knowledge we’ve never met, but I consider her a friend and always enjoy hearing from her. She was married over 60 years to Stanley Morgan and after his death she moved to Dayton, Ohio to be near her children.  
In this letter she wrote about a Miss Water Valley beauty revue in 1943 sponsored by the Order Of Eastern Star.
Of 35 contestants she was one of the six finalists and a very proud 17 year old. A recent picture was enclosed and I can understand why she did so well as a teenage contestant because she is still a great looking lady. She was sponsored by Jitney Jungle grocery. The winner was Dorothy Jane Bennett, who became Mrs. Hamric Henry; second runner up was Mae Evelyn Green; and third was Irene Hunt.  
Kathryn says she still lives alone, drives her own car to church and grocery store, goes to water aerobics twice a week and is in good health. Her son checks on her daily and she has lunches with friends weekly and feels blessed for the good life she has.  
A side bar here, Jack Gurner’s mother, who was Mary Nell Groves, was also in that revue.  
Kathryn, I have moved back to the Valley although I still retain my business in Memphis. If I left anything out, write me about it as your letters are always special to me. I would have put your picture in the column but wouldn’t without your permission.  
My email address is or write me at P.O. Box 613189 Memphis, TN 38101

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