Michelle Wilson Evans, granddaughter of Joan and the late Rodney Wilson, will be competing for the coveted title of Mrs. America this Friday in Tucson, Ariz.
This will be Evans second venture into the pageant world, both of which were totally unexpected.
According to Grandmother Joan, "Michelle’s hair dresser approached her about entering the pageant scene by applying for the Mrs. Tulsa crown. Earning this would enable her to complete for the Mrs. Oklahoma title.
"At first Michelle balked at the idea, as she had never done anything like this before. She felt more comfortable playing soccer. As one of Union High School’s star soccer athletes, she earned a college scholarship to attend Weatherford."
Evans’ Aunt Debbie Miles added, "Michelle wanted to visit with her husband, Heath, first and needed some time to think about this pageant thing. Before she had the chance to talk to him, she received a phone call that told her she had been selected ‘Mrs. Tulsa’ and that her entry fees had been waived. This became a can’t-say-no deal."
Evans had less than seven weeks to learn the mechanics of pageantry. She had to learn how to walk the pageant runway, how to model swimwear and evening gowns and how to prepare for a panel of six judges’ question and answer session.
With obvious pride in her voice, Grandmother Joan said "Michelle’s platform is about drug abuse and its effect on families. She chose this platform in honor of her brother, Joshua, who died of a prescription drug overdose in 2010. Michelle and Joshua were very close."
Evans’ goal of entering the Mrs. Oklahoma pageant was to bring awareness to the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse and drug prevention. Partnering with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, she created a website called Drugfreeok.org as a resource for people seeking assistance or help in finding treatment facilities. Since becoming Mrs. Oklahoma, she has shared her story through motivational speeches throughout the state.
Evans is a neo-natal nurse for Hillcrest Hospital. Her husband, Heath, is an oral surgeon. The couple has a 17-month old daughter, Camden Faith.
Grandmother Joan said, "Michelle is as pretty inside as she is on the outside. She is also teaching Camden sign language. (Chuckling) It’s really interesting when I babysit to try to figure out her signs."
Evans’ mother, Ruth, was a nurse at the Pawhuska Hospital for 7-8 years prior to the family’s move to Broken Arrow. Dad, Steve, ran the Tastee Freeze and JW’s BBQ.
Among the numerous family members still residing in the Pawhuska area are Grandmother Joan Wilson, Aunt Debbie Miles, Uncles Tim Wilson, Pat Wilson and Shawn Wilson (Barnsdall’s wresting coach).
Grandmother Joan said, "One of the neatest things about becoming Mrs. Oklahoma is that Heath earned the title of Mr. Oklahoma and was invited to be a part of the crowing ceremony."
Mrs. America is a reality-based prime-time television special devoted to emphasizing the most extraordinarily beautiful, poised, articulate and versatile of America’s 70 million married women. Delegates from the 50 states plus the District of Columbia compete for the coveted title. Winner of Mrs. America then qualifies to represent the United States in the Mrs. World competition which will be held in Orlando, Fla., in December.
The Mrs. America completion will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29th and is available on the internet. For more information, visit www.MrsAmerica.com.