Former New York runway model wins Oklahoma pageant
Mark Friedel Staff Writer
Patricia B. Fisher, a resident of Canoe Brook Assisted Living & Alzheimers Care Community in Catoosa, placed first in the Miss Oklahoma Assisted Living Pageant on Aug. 25.
The event was held at the Tulsa Community College southeast campus.
Twelve contestants from all over the state participated but only one was able to wear the crown.
“There were so many beautiful ladies involved and they all did a wonderful job,” said Fisher.
As part of the pageant, contestants had to answer a question related to them specifically. Fisher was asked about some of the changes she has witnessed in the world throughout her life.
She responded by mentioning the transition from radio into television, the telephone, and putting a man in space, then on the moon.
“I cannot believe how much technology has evolved in such a short amount of time. It’s remarkable,” she said.
Fisher was born Easter Sunday 1926 in Oklahoma City. During her 20s she worked as a runway model in New York Center, sampling dresses for the public. Many of the dresses she wore were made custom for popular movie stars during the time.
Fisher remembers one event in particular she attended which included Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy.
While in New York, much of her time was spent on 5th and 7th Avenues walking in runway shows and working in a garment center.
“It was an interesting experience and I was very glad to be a part of it all,” she said.
Fisher emphasized how proud she is to be considered an “Okie,” and her love of the state and where she came from.
She has been living at Canoe Brook Assisted Living for a year now and has fallen in love with the residents and staff working there, she said.
“I am thankful for all of my supporters during the pageant and to be living in a place where everyone is so courteous and thoughtful,” Fisher said.
Canoe Brook Director Gary Nunley said the staff has been celebrating and bowing in her presence since the moment they found out she was crowned Miss Oklahoma.
“We are extremely proud of her and all that she has accomplished,” said Nunley.
Fisher’s advice for future Miss Oklahomans is to enjoy and savor the moment while it lasts because it may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.