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Joyce Brown – Ms. Senior Texas

Sojourner’s Truth Staff and Joyce Brown

In 2018, Joyce Brown (formerly Joyce Lathan of Toledo), a Texas resident of the past 38 years, decided to venture outside of her comfort zone and enter the Ms. Senior Texas Pageant. The stumbling block, as she saw it, would be overcoming her lack of talent.

Brown, a graduate of the Scott High School Class of 1975, who returned to Toledo the weekend of August 9-11, for the Scott All-Year Reunion, decided that she would adapt her fitness routine to choreography, began working out with a trainer.

Unfortunately, that first year in the pageant didn’t turn out as she might have hoped. She didn’t win or place. Undeterred, Brown decided to re-enter the pageant in 2019. She also decided to alter her talent presentation and, when she heard a rendition of the famous Jerome Kern song “I Won’t Dance,” she knew that the tune fit her perfectly.

She returned to Dallas this past summer and updated her talent presentation with a jazz dance to “I Won’t Dance.” She clearly impressed the judges during the other parts of the contest such as the answer and question portion.

“What one word would you use to describe yourself,” they asked. “Dynamic” she replied.

This year, her hard work, her obvious intelligence, her charisma and her talent paid dividends. She was crowned Ms. Senior Texas and will compete in the Ms. Senior America pageant in Washington, DC, in October. Here’s her story in her own words.

I grew up in Toledo, Ohio.  I graduated from Scott High School in 1975.  After graduating high school, I attended college at Alabama A&M University and majored in Electrical Engineering Technology.   After getting a BS degree in 1981, I accepted a position at Texas Instruments in Texas. 

I lived the next 38 years in Dallas, working at Texas Instruments for eight years and Abbott Laboratories for 30 years.  Both were technology companies where I spent the majority of the time as various Engineering Managers.  The last 12 years at Abbott, I was a Supplier Quality Engineering Manager.   I retired in March, 2019. 

While planning for retirement, I decided to enter a pageant for senior women.  That’s when I discovered the Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant (MTSA).  The MTSA pageant is for women 60 and older.   It’s not a beauty pageant, but an event that represents the "positive image of aging." The goal of the organization is to enrich and empower the lives of all seniors and promote the senior woman in all her glory. The ladies have reached the "Age of Elegance" and are the foundation of America.  The pageant champion’s healthy aging, wellness, and mental well-being, and the contestants exemplify the "positive image of aging.

Although I had never participated in a pageant, I signed up for the first time in 2018.  I did not place in the finals, I still felt that I was a winner.  Pageants were a stretch for my personality, especially since I had no talent.  But, I wanted to stretch myself, so I entered.  

After evaluating my performance in 2018 and making many improvements, I entered the pageant again on August 3 and I WON. 

I will be traveling to Atlantic City in Oct to represent the state of Texas at the National pageant where there will be women representing all states.  The winner will be crowned Ms. Senior America. 


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Revised: 08/29/19 14:03:01 -0400.



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