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June 21, 2013

Budlong named Founder’s Day Queen

Crowning set for Saturday


In Duncan each June, a Founder’s Day Queen is chosen and crowned to represent the city for the annual celebration.
For 2013, the Founder’s Day Queen is Sadie Ruth Binford Budlong, who will be crowned at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Antique Marketplace and Tea Room. To be nominated for queen, a woman must have lived in Stephens County for at least 50 years and be 85 or older.
Budlong, 92, has resided in Duncan since 1946. She said she loves the city and was honored to be named Founder’s Day Queen.
“I’m humbled and feel like there were plenty more (women) more deserving,” said Budlong. “I love it here, it’s a wonderful place to live.”
Budlong said she is a little nervous about Saturday’s ceremony but is looking forward to it.
Born on Dec. 20, 1920, in Marysville, Texas, Budlong was the youngest of six children. Her mother died when she was 16-months-old and she was raised by her grandmother, father and older sisters. Two of her sisters are still living at the ages of 100 and 94.
Budlong attended school in Marysville until eighth grade and graduated from high school in Gainsville, Texas. She then went on to receive a degree in business administration from North Texas Teachers College in Denton, Texas.
She taught algebra, accounting and geometry for one year in Chandler, Texas and two years in Sequin, Texas. Budlong married the love of her life, Ralph Budlong, on Feb. 20, 1943, in Tyler, Texas.
After living with her sister in Chandler, Texas for one year, she joined Ralph, who was in the U.S. Air Force in Sequin, Texas. They then moved to Birmingham, Ala., while he was still in the military.
In 1946, the couple moved to Duncan, where they began working for Duncan Candy and Tobacco Company and became part owners in 1956. They were the manager/owners until 1978.

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