1961 Miss Nevada


1961 Sherry Wagner, RenoHOMETOWN: Reno    BIRTHDAY: 5/20/1942
AGE: 19    HAIR: Blonde    EYES: Blue        HEIGHT: 5’7”
EDUCATION: Arts & Science student at University of Nevada in Reno
TALENT: Tap Dance to “Oh them golden slippers”
  • Former Miss Reno Rodeo & Miss Rodeo Nevada 1960 & State High School Rodeo Queen
  • She was still holding the Miss Rodeo Nevada title when she won Miss Nevada title and was allowed to crown the new winner in September
  • Flew to Hollywood before Miss America for makeup & hair at the House of Westmore
  • She was charged $100 overweight baggage fee on her way to Atlantic City because of her “Wheel of Fortune” prop for her talent presentation
  • Upon arrival at Miss America, she was the only contestant to appear in three photos on one press edition photo spread
  • Released by pageant committee prior to the end of her reign to tour fourteen European countries with ​U of N students
  • “If you don’t have a goal you might as well stop running – act like a queen all the time.” – 9/9/61
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT (Sponsored by Reno Soroptimist Club):
  1. Sherry Wagner (Miss Nevada), Reno, Tap Dance
  2. Janet Sylvia McDonald (1st Runner-up), Reno, Musical comedy piano & acrobatic routine
  3. Deanna Louise Hall (2nd Runner-up), Reno, Dance & pantomime routine
  4. Latricia Barbara Champlin (3rd Runner-up), Reno
  5. Pamela Sue Jones (4th Runner-up), Reno
  6. Betty Ann Krocak (Miss Congeniality), Lovelock
  7. Judy Mae Black, Winnemucca
  8. Joy Iselyn Vance, Carson City
  9. Vera Myrta Stowers, Carlin
  10. Carol Anne Scott, Sparks
  11. Beverly Jean Theilig, Reno
  • Miss Nevada awarded $1000 scholarship sponsored by Pepsi-Cola
  • 1st Runner-up awarded $500 scholarship sponsored by Reno Soroptimist Club
  • 2nd Runner-up, Talent winner & Miss Congeniality awarded $250 scholarship
  • 3rd & 4th Runners-up awarded $100 scholarship sponsored by Reno Soroptimist Club
  • Married name: Sherry Koester (Husband – Don)
  • High School Teacher
  • Sherry is deceased (7/30/1979)
  • Died in car crash