Miss Missouri

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For the state pageant affiliated with Miss USA, see Miss Missouri USA.
Miss Missouri 2002 Shandi Finnessey from Missouri (pictured when she was Miss USA 2004)

The Miss Missouri competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Missouri in the Miss America pageant.


From 1935 to 1970, the Miss Missouri pageant was held in a number of locations, including St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield.

In 1970, the pageant was held for the first time in Mexico, Missouri, which would become the pageant's home. The pageant has been held in Mexico in all following years.

Missouri has produced one Miss America: Debbye Turner (Miss America, 1990). They have had a number of runners-up and semi-finalists.

Three Miss Missouri pageant winners have won the Miss Missouri USA crown and competed in the annual Miss USA pageant, most notably Miss Missouri 2002, Shandi Ren Finnessey, who won the Miss USA title and placed 1st runner-up at Miss Universe. Sarah French, Miss Missouri 2006, is the only titleholder who has also competed at Miss Teen USA, although she represented Arkansas.


Year Name Hometown Age Local Title Miss America Talent Placement at Miss America Special scholarships at Miss America Notes
2015 McKensie Garber Hale 22 Miss Gateway St. Louis Jazz Ballet en Pointe "P.Y.T." Previously Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2011
2014 Jessica Hartman Pueblo 23 Miss Springfield Dance "Steppin' Out with My Baby" Miss Colorado USA 2010 and 3rd runner-up at Miss USA 2010, Miss Intercontinental 2011 representing the United States
2013 Shelby Ringdahl Columbia 21 Miss Springfield Vocal "Defying Gravity" Top 12
2012 Chelsea (Tippe) Tipton Emmott Springfield 21 Miss Branson Ballet en Pointe "Un Dia Llegara" 1st runner-up at National Sweetheart 2011
2011 Sydney Friar[1] El Dorado Springs 22 Miss Branson Vocal "Dream On"
2010 Erika Hebron O'Fallon 23 Miss Gateway St. Louis Lyrical Dance "Dream In Color" Missouri's Junior Miss 2005
2009 Tara Osseck St. Charles 23 Miss Lake of the Ozarks Tap Dance "Sing, Sing, Sing" Quality of Life Finalist
2008 Lacey Fitzgerald Kansas City 24 Miss Gateway of the West Vocal
2007 Lindsay Casmaer Florissant 24 Miss River City Ballet en Pointe "Piano Fantasy" Missouri's Junior Miss 2001
2006 Sarah French Columbia 21 Miss Mid-Missouri Vocal "I've Got the World on a String" Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2004 and Miss Photogenic at Miss Teen USA 2004
2005 Stacie Cooley Liberty 22 Miss Columbia Jazz Dance "Last Dance"
2004 Whitney Weeks Chesterfield 24 Miss Jackson Tap Dance "Tico Tico" Non-finalist Talent Award Daughter of Carole Johnson who was Miss West Virginia 1961
2003 Amber Etheridge St. Louis 23 Miss Northwest Missouri Vocal "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" Top 15
2002 Shandi Ren Finnessey Florissant 24 Miss Metro St. Louis Piano Solo "Bumble Boogie" Preliminary Evening Gown 3rd runner up at Miss Oktoberfest 2000, Miss Missouri USA 2004 and Miss USA 2004 and 1st runner-up at Miss Universe 2004
2001 Jennifer Hover Springfield 23 Miss Springfield Vocal Medley "Somewhere" & "Over the Rainbow" Top 20
2000 Arron Wendel Lawson 23 Miss Ray County Modern Dance "This Is Your Time"
1999 Patryce King New Cambria 23 Miss Mid-Missouri Piano "Rhapsody in Blue"
1998 Deborah McDonald Alton 24 Miss West Plains Vocal "I Will Always Love You" 3rd runner-up
1997 Michele Eise St. Louis 24 Miss Malden Gospel Vocal "How Great Thou Art"
1996 Kimberly Massaro St. Louis 24 Miss Mid-Missouri Tap Dance "Favorite Son" from The Will Rogers Follies 4th runner-up
1995 Erin Phillips Mexico 23 Miss Audrain Tap Dance "Gershwin Medley"
1994 Ann Marie Sun Springfield 22 Miss Mid-Missouri Piano Allman Medical Scholarship
1993 Amber Green Steelville 23 Miss North Central Piano Solo "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
1992 Stephanie Patterson Kansas City 23 Miss Aurora Vocal Medley "I Have Dreamed" & "If I Loved You" Top 10
1991 Soncee Brown Springfield 24 Miss Lake of the Ozarks Vocal / Piano "He Touched Me" from Drat! The Cat! 2nd runner-up Missouri's Junior Miss 1985
1990 Sherry Traylor Mexico 26 Miss North Central Vocal "What's New"
1989 Patricia Ann Meusburger*[2] 25 Miss Twin Counties All of the runners-up turned down the crown because they would have been ineligible to compete again until 1991. Meusburger who finished in 6th place accepted the title.
Debbye Turner Mexico 23 Miss Columbia Marimba Medley "Flight of the Bumblebee", "Csárdás", & "Can-Can" Winner Preliminary Swimsuit Award National Sweetheart 1988 as Miss Arkansas
1988 Heather Smith Maryland Heights 21 Miss Columbia Baton Twirling "Whistler and His Dog" by Arthur Pryor Non-finalist Talent Award Missouri's Junior Miss 1984
1987 Robin Riley Columbia 25 Miss Columbia Ballet "Overture from Funny Girl" Top 10 Miss Missouri USA 1983
1986 Tamara Tungate St. Peters 21 Miss North Central Vocal "Don't Rain on My Parade" 4th runner-up Preliminary Swimsuit Award
1985 Lisa Coverdale Columbia 24 Miss North Central Classical Piano Solo
1984 Anna Schell Kennett 26 Miss Springfield Semi-classical Vocal Medley from The Sound of Music
1983 Barbara Webster Jefferson City 21 Miss Santa Fe Trails Violin Medley "Listen to the Mocking Bird" & "Orange Blossom Special" Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award Miss Missouri USA 1986
1982 Julie Phillips Ava 18 Miss Queen of the Ozarks Classical / Jazz Piano
1981 Theresa McDonnell Florissant 22 Miss Trenton Vocal "Let's Hear It For Me" from Funny Lady
1980 Carla LeFevre Harrisonville 22 Miss Kansas City Semi-classical Vocal "And This Is My Beloved"
1979 Susan Wilson Columbia 21 Miss Jefferson County Piano "Fantaisie-Impromptu" 3rd runner-up
1978 Tamara Fister Poplar Bluff 21 Miss St. Louis Vocal "Beautiful"
1977 Jayne Scherder Bowling Green 20 Miss William Woods College Piano Solo "The Firefly"
1976 Marcia Kolich Sugar Creek 22 Miss Jackson County Jazz Dance "Everything's Coming up Roses", "On Broadway", & "That's Entertainment!"
1975 Rebecca Rives Stoutsville 22 Miss Kirksville Vocal Medley "The Trolley Song" & "Over the Rainbow" Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1974
1974 Michelle Marshall Florissant 20 Miss St. Louis Vocal / Dance "Sweet Charity"
1973 Terri Dodson Fulton 22 Miss William Woods College Piano "Dizzy Fingers"
1972 Anita Columbo St. Louis 21 Miss St. Louis Vocal / Dance "It's Today" from Mame Contestant at Miss Teenage America 1966, Missouri's Junior Miss 1969 and 1st runner-up at America's Junior Miss
1971 Deborah Duff Kansas City 19 Miss Kansas City Modern Jazz Dance "Big Noise from Winnetka"
1970 Marcia Mossbarger Brookfield 22 Miss Brookfield Tap Dance "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"
1969 Frances Biesemeyer New Franklin 18 Miss Fayette Art Presentation "Talk to the Animals" Non-finalist Talent Award
1968 Kathleen Goff DeSoto 21 Miss Southwest Missouri State College Vocal "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" Toured with Miss America USO Troupe
1967 Ronnee Brunk St. Louis 19 Miss Camdenton Vocal "I Feel a Song Coming On" Missouri's Junior Miss 1966
1966 Janice Robinson Marshfield 20 Miss Southwest Missouri State College Skit w/ Piano, Vocal & Dance "Calling Billy Names"
1965 Lesley Fleenor Springfield 20 Miss West Plains Vocal "Hard Hearted Hannah"
1964 Carol Browning Lee's Summit 20 Miss Lee's Summit Marimba & Accordion Medley
1963 Judith Engelhardt Affton Miss St. Charles Classical Vocal "The Jewel Song" from Faust Contestant at Miss Dixie 1964
1962 Sandra Lyle Springfield 19 Miss Springfield Dramatic Reading "The Potion Scene" from Romeo & Juliet Miss Dixie 1963
1961 Sarah Burns Caruthersville 20 Miss Caruthersville Vocal / Dance "Put on a Happy Face" from Bye Bye Birdie Contestant at Maid of Cotton 1962
1960 Dusene Vunovich Kansas City 19 Miss Kansas City Vocal "Honey Bun" from South Pacific Contestant at Miss Dixie 1961
1959 Linda Long Independence 19 Miss Independence Dramatic Reading "The White Cliffs of Dover" Contestant at Miss Dixie 1960
1958 Marjorie Critten Kansas City Miss Kansas City Tap Dance "Opus No. 1" Contestant at Miss Dixie 1959
1957 Sara Cooper Buckner Miss Kansas City Charleston Dance Top 10 Preliminary Talent Award 1st runner-up at Miss Dixie 1958, Daughter of Major League baseball player Walker Cooper
1956 Roseann Teri St. Louis Miss St. Louis Dress Design
1955 Sharon Knickmeyer St. Louis Miss St. Louis Synchronized Swimming Non-finalist Talent Award
1954 Carole Wilkinson Maplewood Miss Maplewood Vocal
1953 Laura Holmes Northwoods Miss Northwoods Dance
1952 Florence Spack Clayton Miss Clayton Vocal
1951 Carol Romann St. Charles Miss St. Charles Bassoon
1950 Beverly Rotroff Kansas City Miss Kansas City Vocal / Piano
1949 Mary Stone Jefferson City Miss Jefferson City
1948 Dorothy Smith Kansas City Miss Kansas City
1947 Mary Burke Kansas City Miss Kansas City Vocal "I'm a Big Girl Now"
1946 Nadine LaVerne Fugett Kansas City Competed as Miss Kansas City
1945 Betty Ream Hughesville Miss Hughesville
1943 Emma Jean Adams St. Louis Competed as Miss St. Louis
1941 Geraldine Koehler St. Louis Miss St. Louis
Leila Bell Wright Kansas City Competed as Miss Kansas City
1940 Virginia Morrison St. Louis Miss St. Louis Top 12
Gloria Kathleen Gipson Kansas City Competed as Miss Kansas City
LaFern Mueller St. Louis Competed as Miss St. Louis
1939 Margaret Ley St. Louis Miss St. Louis
1937 Mary Sue Klein Moberly Miss Moberly
Wauneta Bates St. Louis Top 16 Competed as Miss St. Louis
1936 Margaret Price Lexington Miss Lexington
1935 Edna Smith Fayette 19 Miss Fayette Piano / Vocal "Prelude No. 20 by Chopin" & "When Day Is Done" 1st runner-up
1933 Marie Marks 16 Top 18
1927 No Miss Missouri Marion Kenser competed as Miss Kansas City and Katherine Calloway competed as Miss St. Louis.
1926 Ruby Wallace Also representing Missouri were Marguerite Jordan who competed as Miss Kansas City and Corinne Groves who competed as Miss St. Louis. They both finished as Finalists.
1925 No Miss Missouri Eileen Wenzel competed as Miss St. Louis.
1924 No Miss Missouri Helen Moore competed as Miss St. Louis.
1923 No Miss Missouri Charlotte Nash competed as Miss St. Louis and placed 3rd runner-up.
1922 No Miss Missouri Miriam Chafee competed as Miss Kansas City and Mildred Hose competed as Miss St. Louis.

* Succeeded to the crown after Miss Missouri won Miss America


  1. "El Dorado Springs Woman Named Miss Missouri 2011". KSPR 33. June 11, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "State Finally Finds a New Miss Missouri". The Southeast Missourian. September 29, 1989.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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