Miss America by Day


We were living in Farmington, New Mexico in 1958 when Marilyn Van Derbur was crowned Miss America.  She was (and still is) a  beautiful woman.  She has been a motivational speaker for several years and although I’ve not heard her in person, I have heard audio portions of some of her speeches.  We are so very fortunate to have the Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center here in Seguin who can help children who were abused as was Marilyn Van Derbur.  In the 1950s, no one even spoke about child abuse as we are able to  do today.  Thank God we have come a long way and help is now available for these children – and for adults who had such horrific childhoods.

You can hear Marilyn Van Derbur’s story at this site.

When we lived in Denver, I recall occasionally reading about Francis Van Derbur (Kappa Sigma Man of the Year) and his wife Gwendolyn “Boots” Olinger Van Derbur. Van Derbur was a millionaire businessman and he and his wife  were philanthropists and socialites in Denver; they were very involved in all aspects of Denver life.

I read Miss America by Day in 2003 (the year it was published) and know that Marilyn Van Derbur has since helped many women and men who have similar stories.


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Posted on August 31, 2009, in Books, Colorado, National News and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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