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June 23, 2013

Budlong's contributions earn her 2013 Founder’s Day queen crown

DUNCAN — Sadie Ruth Binford Budlong is Duncan’s newest queen. The 92-year-old woman admitted to being a bit nervous, but was crowned the newest Founder’s Day Queen in front of a crowd of about 65 this weekend, which included several former queens.

Budlong accepted her crown from 2012 Queen Marguerite Moore Saturday morning at the Antique Marketplace and Tea Room.

Budlong has lived in Duncan for 67 of her 92 years. She is active in the community and can boast that all of her children and grandchildren live in Duncan as well.

“Our queen this year is a very special person who I have known for some time,” said Chris Deal, Duncan Chamber of Commerce president and master of ceremonies for the event. “She has contributed to her community and is a really wonderful woman.”

Though Budlong said she was nervous after she was crowned, she stood in front of the crowd to say a few words. She made sure to thank the VFW Owl Club which nominated her and considered her deserving of the honor.

“This is a wonderful place to live, work and raise my family and I love (Duncan) very much,” said Budlong. “I’m very excited and more humbled than ever.”

Proclamations were read to honor Budlong and the Founder’s Day Queen event. Rep. Dennis Johnson read one from Gov. Mary Fallin, while Mike Nelson, Duncan city councilman, read one from Mayor Gene Brown. Nelson also shared a few words for Budlong.

“It’s good to see so many former queens here because they are who make Duncan great and Miss Sadie is one of them,” said Nelson. “You are one of my heroes who represents what’s good about Duncan.”

For entertainment, Ken Jones sang a four-set of songs including “Mr. Cellophane” and “Give Me Jesus.” Jones is a regular in Duncan Little Theatre productions and attends music lessons at Hodgson Studio.

“I love this community and I love being a part of this,” he said.

Former queens in attendance were Mary Lois Sampson, Ella Mae Best Howell, Loretta Lewis Howell, Johna Faye Cordell Gray, Marcella Kovar, Estella Bowman and Margerite Moore.

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