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June 29, 2014

Gleghorn crowned Founders’ Day queen

DUNCAN — Dovie Gleghorn’s height put her about a head or more taller than the six former Founders’ Day queens as they gathered for a group photo.

Although her height might have made her stand out among her peers, it was Gleghorn’s personality and care for others that earned her the title of 2014 Founders’ Day queen. Michael Harris, master of ceremonies, crowned Gleghorn during a ceremony Saturday morning at the Antique Market Place and Tea Room.

“I’m just so honored,” Gleghorn said. “It’s great to see all these friends.”

In 1943, she moved to Duncan, her first husband’s (Dave Waters) hometown. And much like the family she raised in Duncan, she loved the community, creating a home and making friends.

Through her life in Duncan, Gleghorn worked for Halliburton for 33 years, was a Cub Scout leader and has been a member of the Eastern Star. At 93 years old, she works in her garden, growing tomatoes each year. She is also fond of the game Canasta.

“She has a lovely heart and a great attitude,” Harris said in his introduction of the 2014 queen.

In addition to her tiara, Gleghorn was adorned with a bouquet of flowers and a sash.

After being crowned, two proclamations were made in her honor. Oklahoma Rep. Dennis Johnson presented her with a proclamation for being a good Oklahoma citizen. The proclamation was sign by Johnson, Sen. Corey Brooks and Sen. Don Barrington. The second proclamation was made by Vice Mayor Mike Nelson, who declared Saturday as Dovie Gleghorn Day in Duncan.

“I’m always excited to be there for our queen crowning,” Johnson, a Duncan native, said. “We are grateful to have you in our state.”

For Gleghorn, the crowning ceremony provided a series of touching moments she was able to share with her friends and family from throughout the Duncan community. She said she was glad to spend her day with those she loves.

“I’m just overwhelmed,” Gleghorn said. “You don’t know how much it means to me.”

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