1981 Miss Nevada


1981 Suzanne Bowman, SparksHOMETOWN:  Sparks    BIRTHDAY:  February 3, 1961
AGE: 20    HAIR: Blonde    EYES:  Green    HEIGHT: 5’5½”
EDUCATION:     Junior at University of Nevada – Reno majoring in Nursing
TALENT:  Modern Rhythmic gymnastics routine
  • Noted as having the most props during the Wednesday night talent competition at Miss America, using a large hoop, juggling batons, and a ribbon baton in her gymnastics routine
  • Before Miss Nevada she was a member of 1978 US modern rhythmic gymnastics team and won a bronze medal in the Pan Pacific games. She also competed in the world games in London
  • During her reign, she was early to a class at UNR and decided to watch an advanced racquetball class.  While watching a wild ball bounced off the wall and hit her in the face giving her a black eye and a broken nose. – 3/29/82
  • “You don’t have to accept the title – if you’re not willing to go along with the commercialism, then why try out for Miss America?” – 9/13/1981
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT (Miss Nevada Pageant, Inc.):
  1. Suzanne Bowman (Miss Nevada), Miss Reno, Rythmic Gymnastics
  2. Valerie Valow (1st Runner-up), Miss Las Vegas, Twirling routine
  3. LeAnna Grant (2nd Runner-up), Miss Las Vegas Valley, Semi-classical Vocal
  4. Kim Pacini (3rd Runner-up), Miss North Lake Tahoe, Pop vocal
  5. Rose Flores (4th Runner-up), Miss Sparks, Vocalist
  6. Terri Ann Terril (Miss Congeniality), Miss Moapa Valley, Oil painting display
  7. Yvette Lopez, Miss Carson City, Vocalist
  8. Deborah Reynolds, Miss Churchill County, Jazz dance
  9. Jillane Hammond, Miss Clark County, Jazz dance
  10. Sheila Harris, Miss Douglas County, Jazz dance
  11. Tina Marie Gallegos, Miss Elko County, Vocalist
  12. Diana Jean Fallis, Miss Fallon, Flute solo
  13. Heidi Nickum, Miss Lake Mead, Classical jazz dance
  14. Charis Holaday, Miss Lincoln County, Vocalist
  15. Florence Hermance, Miss Lyon County, Humorous dialogue
  16. Lori Lynn Vandever, Miss North Las Vegas, Vocal with sign language
  17. Betty Jo Burchett, Miss Truckee Meadows, Vocalist
  18. Erica Lynn Laub, Miss Virgin Valley, Novelty song & dance
  • Married name: Suzanne Johnstone  (Husband – Frederic)
  • 1 Daughter Kaitlyn in 1990
  • Joined Army – member of Army Medical Corps – as of 1988 she was a Lt. in Army and an army nurse at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft. Lewis, Washington