Miss Gastonia 1959 Gwen Pearson
Pageant celebrates former queen's 50th anniversary
The Miss Gastonia
Scholarship Association honored Miss Gastonia 1959 Gwen Pearson Falls during the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant held August
1, 2009. The special recognition celebrated her 50th anniversary of being crowned Miss Gastonia.
When Gwen served as Miss Gastonia, it was tradition for the reigning queen to pass the crown to the new queen.
Therefore, Gwen never had a crown of her own. During her 50th anniversary celebration, she received
the official Miss America crown pin and a replica Miss America crown.
Below is an article about Gwen that
appeared in our program book:
Her family had moved from Shelby to Gastonia, and her father
thought entering the Miss Gastonia Pageant was a great way for Gwen Pearson to make new
friends and become involved in the community. But when the 19-year-old beauty met the
other contestants, she decided the pageant wasn’t for her.
says Gwen, who
fortunately listened to the encouraging words of several people and stayed in the contest. “When
I won, I was in shock. It was a complete surprise to me.”
“I was going to quit. The other contestants were so beautiful and talented,”
moment was the beginning of a whirlwind year filled with many appearances, speaking engagements and media interviews.
In an instant, she became a local celebrity. Gwen Pearson was Gastonia’s beauty queen and
everyone adored her.
by the Diane 29 Drive-In Theater and Radio Station WCGC. She even had a new three-bedroom
home named in her honor. “The Miss Gwen” was open for tours during the Gaston Board of Realtors’
annual “Homeorama” event.
Gwen recalls many fun and interesting moments
from her year as Miss Gastonia 1959. She drew the winning ticket for a Florida vacation give-a-way sponsored
my words could describe ... It is with great pride that I stand before you as the representative of a wonderful
city, our Gastonia, North Carolina.”
In a speech made to the local Kiwanis club
shortly after becoming Miss Gastonia, Gwen stated: “The experiences that I have had so far have been
Now, 50 years later, Gwen Pearson Falls still cherishes her time as Miss Gastonia and enjoys reminiscing about her reign.
The retired teacher and school librarian lives in Shelby with her husband, Buddy. She stays busy
spending time with
family and friends and maintaining
a beautiful garden of pink flowers that’s fit for a queen.
We are delighted to have Gwen with us this evening to commemorate her 50th anniversary as our queen.
Once a Miss Gastonia ... Always a Miss Gastonia.