Virginia Miller of Richland was recently voted Mrs. Congeniality and was also chosen as Mrs. Mississippi America 2019. She will compete for Mrs. America in Las Vegas at the Westgate Resort and Casino from August 17 through 24.
“Like most little girls, I watched Miss Mississippi on television every year; I dreamed about competing in it one day, but life happened and other dreams came true first,” said Miller in a Facebook post. “God always knows better, right?! I never really thought it would happen; I still can’t believe it, but it’s real . . . the dream is REAL.”
Richland Mayor Pat Sullivan and the City of Richland’s Board of Aldermen and staff recently recognized Miller for her achievement and offered their support.
The Mrs. America Pageant was first held in 1938 and continued until 1968. The pageant was revived after a nine-year hiatus in 1977 at the-then Las Vegas Hilton by David Marmel who, after a career in professional athletics and television production, helped transform the pageant into the multifaceted event is it today. The event was the first, and remains the foremost, competition for the married woman of the United States. For nearly four decades, Mrs. America has epitomized excellence, professionalism and the celebration of family values.
“I’m truly grateful for the this opportunity and so appreciative for the continuous outpouring of love and support!” wrote Miller. “Thank y’all again for your time!