1957 Miss Nevada

  1. Loni Gravelle, Reno Hotelmen’s Association, Piano
  2. Elizabeth Colton (1st Runner-up), Sparks Lions Club, Vocal “Lord’s Prayer”
  3. Saundra Meek (Top 7), Las Vegas Elks Lodge, Dance
  4. Billie Mae Morris (Top 7), South Reno Lions Club, Ballet dance
  5. Sharon Price (Top 7), Las Vegas Lions Club, Speech about a career in Architecture
  6. Elizabeth Boyd (Top 7), Elko Lions Club, Reading
  7. Pat Smith (Top 7), South Shore Lake Tahoe Lions Club, Piano
  8. Joyce Etchebarren (Congeniality), W.H. Wine Construction, Speaking
  9. Billie Jean Hudson, Reno Arch Lions, Vocal
  10. Rosalind Wyant, Fallon Lions Club, Speaking
  11. Claudia Tidwell, Ely Lions Club, Music & Dancing
  12. Elaine Cali, Golden Horseshoe in Las Vegas, Vocal
  13. Charlotte Sheldon, VFW Battleborn Post 9211, Song & Dance
  14. Terry Lee Jeffers, Las Vegas 49er Lions Club, Art & Dancing
  15. Anna Marie Plummer, Fallon Lions Club, Dramatics

Loni Jess Gravelle

Hometown: Reno

Age (at crowning): 19

School: University of Colorado 

College Major: Unknown 

Scholarship Winnings: $2500

  • $1000 scholarship awarded to Miss Nevada along with a $500 Philco Miss America television set

Platform: Unknown

Talent: Classical Piano

Fun Facts:

  • Was injured in an automobile accident while traveling to a public appearance a month before Miss America.  She was traveling to LA for TV Show appearance on “Queen for a Day”
  • After winning Miss Nevada, she flew to Idaho where she performed her talent and crowned the new Miss Idaho
  • Starred in TV show “Vagabond” that was filmed in Lake Tahoe/Reno area
  • Quotes
    • “I would recommend it for the experience and the fun, to say nothing of the scholarship” 
    • “I enjoyed everything about it; and the experience is invaluable”

Miss America:

  • Top 10 Finalist at Miss America and finished in 6th Place
  • Won $1000 scholarship as a finalist at Miss America
  • Won $500 scholarship as Miss Congeniality
  • Roommate & classmate with Miss Colorado 1957,  who won Miss America that year, Marilyn Van Derbur
  • Distributed Carson City dollars to contestants and officials at Miss America


  • Married Russell Byloff