1958 Miss Nevada

Pageant Sponsored by Reno Lions Club
  1. Judy Wadsworth (Miss Nevada), Reno Heavy Equipment Co., Dramatic Reading 
  2. Patricia Edwards (Top 7), Sparks Lions Club, Vocal “If I Loved You”
  3. Meredith Ainsworth (Top 7), Big Y Appliance Center, Sketch
  4. Krestine Dickenson (Top 7), South Reno Lions, Sewing (commented & modeled designs)
  5. Annabelle Pappin (Top 7), Horseshoe Club of Las Vegas, Dramatic Acting
  6. Saundra Meek (Top 7), George A Probasco Co., Dramatic Reading – scene from “My Fair Lady”
  7. Alex Anastassatos (Top 7), Reno Arch Lions, Dramatic reading – “Life upon the Wicked Stage”
  8. Gaynel Lane (Congeniality), Reno Chamber of Commerce, Vocal
  9. Elaine Cali, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce,  Vocal 
  10. Toni Pitcher, Elko Lions, “Surprise Talent Presentation”
  11. Dianne Warterbury, Home Appliance Center @ Plaza Shopping Center, Vocal
  12. Pat Murdock, Ely Lions Club, Dramatic Reading
  13. Farol Lee Spell, Reno Hotelmen’s Association, Comedy Skit
  14. Marcia Craig, Reno Chamber of Commerce, Piano
  15. Ellen Hefner, Hamilton Opticians, Piano
1959 Miss America Contestants, Atlantic City

Judy Katherine Wadsworth

Hometown: Sparks

Age (at crowning): 18

School:  Unknown

College Major: Unknown 

Scholarship Winnings: $100 scholarship for participating at Miss America

Platform: Unknown

Talent: Dramatic Reading: scene from “Joan of Arc” at Miss Nevada and “The Lark” at Miss America

Fun Facts:

  • Spent one week in Hollywood at Bing Crosby’s home prior to Miss America for modeling & dramatic lessons (Bing Crosby’s wife, Karen Grant, was a judge at Miss Nevada pageant)
  • Appeared at Reno Silver Sox – Las Vegas Wranglers game at Moana Park
  • Appeared on the Ed Sullivan TV Show televised at Desert Inn in Las Vegas.  (Desert Inn Operator, Wilbur Clark, was a judge at Miss Nevada pageant)

Miss America:

  • Youngest contestant at Miss America
  • Wardrobe furnished by Gray Reid’s of Reno and modeled her Miss America wardrobe for the press before leaving for Atlantic City
  • Her opinion of Atlantic City was “absolutely unique”. 


  • Married Andrew Tompkins 
  • Judy is deceased (2/8/2008)