By Mark Waite
Seven women over the age of 60 will compete for the title of Ms. Senior Golden Years 2012, during the 10th anniversary of the pageant at 7 p.m., June 2 in the Saddle West Hotel and Casino.
Tom Saitta will serve as master of ceremonies. All 260 seats are already sold out, according to pageant coordinator B.J. Hetrick-Irwin.
A more hyped up show is planned for the 10th anniversary.
The contestants will come out in their opening number in showgirl costumes as the “dazzling divas.”
The Unicorns, a teen group, will sing “Lollipop” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” The Proud Marys will also perform. Singer Al Rios, an annual tradition, will return this year.
The contestants include:
• Marcie Shank, a competitor in the 2007 Ms. Senior Golden Years Pageant, has lived in Pahrump for 26 years.
Shank had a craft store and flower shop. Once retired, she and her husband were campground hosts.
Shank is a queen in the Red Hat Society Buttons and Bows chapter. She is a college regent chairman for the local Moose Lodge, a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Shank manages a store called This and That, and works part-time at Sunflower Fashions.
For her talent competition she will sing “Crazy” by Patsy Cline.
• Sandy Valley has only lived in Pahrump one year, coming from Millica Hill, N.J. Valley was a school teacher for 30 years, as well as a reading specialist and administrator.
In her younger days, she danced on the late Dick Clark’s American Bandstand show.
In Pahrump she joined the Nevada Silver Tappers. She would like to get involved in the hospice program. She is also a soap chandler.
For her talent, Valley will do a pantomime to “It’s A Sign of the Times” from the musical “Menopause.”
• Lee Hall was born in Duluth, Minn., raised in Minneapolis, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area of California after World War II. She has lived in Pahrump for 14 years. She was a Realtor, had a business doing chain-stitch embroidery and raised eight children. Her hobbies include oil painting and bowling, she also makes satin balls for Christmas.
Hall will be singing Rod Stewart’s composition, “Every Time We Say Goodbye I Die A Little.”
• Pamela Raneri retired after 25 years as a civilian at Edwards Air Force Base, where she was chief of supply at the lab. She moved to Pahrump seven years ago with her husband Phil.
Raneri is active in the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, where she was past president. She is a member of Women of the Moose and a 25-year member of Toastmasters International. Raneri loves to cook and read, and enjoys camping.
For her talent competition Raneri will recite a poem “My Get Up and Go Has Got Up and Went.”
• Carolyn Indra was born in San Gabriel, Calif., and moved to Port Angeles, Calif., where she was a single mom and worked for Xerox Corporation. She fought uterine cancer.
At the end of her career, she was area director for 11 stores for Home Town Buffet. She owned Post Net, a business formerly at Smith’s Food & Drug for six years until it recently closed. She is now retired and belongs to a four-wheeler club and the Computer User Group. She has been a co-coordinator for the Senior Olympics the last three years.
Indra belongs to the Nevada Silver Tappers and is incoming assistant treasurer for Soroptomists International. Her hobbies include anything she can do with her hands: knitting, crocheting, needlework and embroidery.
For her talent competition, she’ll do a comedy skit “Let’s All Sing Like The Birdies Sing.”
• Marge-Anne Venable was born in Monterey, Calif., raised in San Diego, Calif., and moved to Pahrump in 1978.
Venable owns High Desert Hair Design. In the late 1970s and early 1980s she was active in the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce and worked for the Miss Pahrump and Ms. Senior Nevada USA Pageant.
From 1971 to 1977 Venable was a platform artist for Ruffler and did hair styling shows around the country.
In her spare time, Venable received an associate degree in criminology and at one time was a parole and probation officer. She was also a substitute teacher.
Venable is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Venable enjoys painting oils, acrylics and watercolor and enjoys cooking.
She will be singing “Cry Me A River.”
• Earlene Caldon was born and raised in Wyoming. She moved to Washington and attended Olympic College for three years. She received an associate degree in business.
Caldon worked for the U.S. Navy at the Puget Sound-Bremerton shipyard where she retired in October 2010 after 30 years.
Her passion is dancing.
Since moving to Pahrump a year ago, she started work for Secret Sisters and Twisted Sisters.
For her talent she plans to lip synch the song “Lola.”