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True Pagaentry: Senior women show off talents, evening gowns, more

March 4, 2019

HARLINGEN — Fourteen vied for a coveted crown yesterday.

And while only one had it placed carefully on her head by the end of the competition, all involved were winners and they certainly seemed as though they were having fun, too.

The sixth annual Ms. South Texas Senior America Pageant for ladies 60 years and older, is meant to support the positive aging of amazing and brave women.

Throughout the entire afternoon, the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium was packed full of enthusiastic family and friends of the contestants who cheered loudly at seemingly every opportunity.

But, the biggest cheers came at the end, of course, when the winners were announced.

Brownsville’s Neida Ruth Grantland earned the title of 2019 Ms. South Texas Senior America winner. The retired educator who served as a principal with the Brownsville Independent School District is very involved in church and community organizations. Her lengthy list of accomplishments and involvement was described as she walked around the stage in her evening gown.

Later, she sang and tap danced to the Frank Sinatra classic, “You make me feel so young.” Interviews with all the contestants were held prior to the event on stage yesterday afternoon.

Brownsville women were the big winners taking three of the top five spots.

The first runnerup was Maria Linda Gonzalez Janis of Brownsville. The second runnerup was Mission’s Connie Garza and the third runnerup Margarita Pizano Flores, also of Brownsville. The fourth runnerup was Harlingen’s Velma Gonzalez Torres.