Eleven Wood County natives have taken West Virginia pageant titles
PARKERSBURG – With all the local pageants coming up, contestants from Wood County have done well in the major Miss America, Miss America USA and Mrs. America USA competitions in West Virginia.
Eleven contemporary women from Wood County have won state titles.
Kim Parrish is the most nationally known, having become a familiar face through QVC, although Erica Jade Goldsmith is gaining fame as an actress.
Patricia Paugh Ramsey and Vickie Myers are both deceased. Ramsey is the mother of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old pageant queen murdered on Dec. 25. 1996.
LINDA DIANNE BARNETT
MISS WEST VIRGINIA 1970
She goes by Dianne Lough these days. A graduate of Parkersburg High School, she lives in Winston-Salem, N.C., with her husband, Mike. She retired after finishing her career at Wake Forest University.
She graduated from Marietta College in 1972 with a degree in psychology
Lough competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in 1971.
PATRICIA “Patsy” PAUGH
MISS WEST VIRGINIA 1977
Patricia Ann “Patsy” Ramsey was a daughter of Nedra Ellen Ann and Donald Ray Paugh. She died June 24, 2006, at age 49 following a battle with ovarian cancer.
She graduated from Parkersburg High School and from West Virginia University in 1978 with a bachelor’s in journalism.
Ramsey competed in the 50th Miss America pageant at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sept. 11, 1976.
She is best known as the mother of JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old American beauty pageant queen who was murdered Dec. 25, 1996.
MISS WEST VIRGINIA USA 1988
Shonna Lyons is the daughter of David and Sharon Lyons of Parkersburg and is married to Dr. Gregory Merrick.
She is a Parkersburg High School graduate and West Virginia University with a degree in psychology
She splits her residence between Wheeling and Sarasota, Fla. The Merricks have two teen sons. She enjoys yoga, photography and exploring other countries along with their culture and language.
MISS WEST VIRGINIA 1992
Kim Parrish is a Parkersburg High School graduate and the West Virginia University School of Theatre and Dance.
She appeared in the Miss America pageant at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sept. 12, 1981.
Parrish was a host on the QVC shopping network for eight years, registering more than 6,000 hours of live TV. In 2005, Parrish launched the Kim Parrish Collection with the clothing line appearing on the Home Shopping Network and shopNBC, QVUK and the Shopping Channel.
She is the president of Miss America Outstanding Teen Inc., which has paid almost $1 million in college scholarships to more than 150 colleges. MAOTeen was selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as one of the Top 100 Small Businesses in America.
MISS WEST VIRGINIA USA 1992
Vickie D. Myers was the daughter of the late James S. Myers and the late Nancy E. Hopkins Myers. She passed away Jan. 28, 2007, at her residence.
She was a graduate of Parkersburg High School and attended Glenville State College and West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Myers competed in the 1992 Miss America USA pageant at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, Kan. She also was a former teacher at Parkersburg High School.
MISS WEST VIRGINIA USA 1993
Cindy Sims Coburn is the daughter of Freddie and Nellie Sims and resides in Glade Springs, W.Va.
She is a graduate of Calhoun County High School and West Virginia University-Parkersburg with a degree in business.
Coburn started her pageant career in the Miss Clarksburg/Harrison County, which she won. It allowed her to compete in the Miss West Virginia pageant in 1992 when she finished first runner up to another familiar Parkersburg name, Kim Parrish.
The next year she won the Miss Ohio Valley Pageant in Ravenswood and then the Miss West Virginia Pageant. She competed in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City in September 1993 and won the Swimsuit Competition.
She and her husband, Bob, have three children. Gabriel is 20 and attends Concord University, pursuing chemistry degree. Laiken is 15, and will be a sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High School. She competes in track and cross country while being an honor student. Another daughter is two-year-old Grace is 2.
MISS WEST VIRGINIA USA 1997
Bevins is a graduate of Huntington Vinson High School and a graduate of Shawnee State University.
She is married with two sons and lives in Lexington, Ky. Natalie competed in the Miss USA 1997 pageant at Shreveport, La. A photograph of her was not provided.
MISS WEST VIRGINIA USA 2008
Skylene is the daughter of Skylar and Darlene Montgomery. She is a 2007 graduate of Marshall University, where she was vice president of Delta Zeta Sorority, with a bachelor’s of arts in exercise physiology. In 2009, she graduated with a bachelor’s in West Virginia University’s nursing program.
She competed in the Miss USA pageant on April 11, 2008, at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
For the past four years, Montgomery has lived in New Orleans and working at Ochsner Medical Center in the Gastrointestinal Intensive Care Unit. She volunteers with Payton’s Play It Forward Foundation, Ochsner Medical Center’s Moonlight and Miracles Foundation and Second Harvest Feed the Children. She is also a volleyball coach with the Bayou Sports Club-USA Club volleyball team.
ERICA JADE GOLDSMITH
MISS WEST VIRGINIA USA 2010
Erica Jade Goldsmith is the daughter of David and Malinda Goldsmith and a graduate of Parkersburg South High School. She graduated cum laude from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting with a minor in journalism.
She lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. She has appeared on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Streetlight,” “Lopez,” “Mistresses,” “Murder in the First” and “The Mindy Project.” She has worked on the sets of major motion pictures includin “The Hangover III,” “Last Vegas” and “Think Like a Man II.”
Goldsmith was the female lead in the Florida-Georgia Line video for the song “Sippin’ on Fire.” The video was ranked first on the CMT and GAC charts for multiple weeks and has been nominated for numerous awards. She has also appeared in Rascal Flatts’ “Why Wait” video.
She was crowned Miss Teen West Virginia USA 2006 and placed second runner-up at the national pageant in Las Vegas. She is a featured print model for the Style Lounge in Las Vegas.
She competed in the 2010 pageant at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Goldsmith is a Certified Advanced level scuba diver and completed over 20 dives last year.
MISS WEST VIRGINIA USA 2014
Charisse Haislop is the daughter of Ed and Karla Haislop of Parkersburg and the oldest of three children. She is a graduate of Parkersburg High School and is a 2011 West Virginia University graduate with a bachelor’s of science in exercise physiology. She also is a certified Pilates instructor.
She lives in Morgantown and is a financial adviser with United Brokerage Services since 2014.
Before winning Miss West Virginia USA 2014, Haislop competed three other times for the title in 2011, 2012, and 2013, finishing top 12, 4th runner up and 3rd runner up, respectively. She competed in the nationally televised pageant in Baton Rouge, La.
MORGAN LEIGH SMITH STUBBE
MRS. WEST VIRGINIA USA 2015
Morgan Leigh Smith Stubbe lives with her husband, Todd, and their two cats in Marietta. She has a step-daughter, Emma,17.
Stubbe retired from pageant compeition in January after competing in the Mrs. United States Pageant at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
She directs the Miss Central West Virginia Scholarship Pageant, a local preliminary to the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization and Miss America pageants.
She and her husband have recorded an album and perform as a duo, Cradle & Grave. The album is entitled “Love Sweet Summer” in the folk rock genre.
Stubbe, a Team Beachbody coach, and performs with the Parkersburg Actors Guild and in film.