1956 Miss America Pageant - Sharon Kay Ritchie Miss Colorado wins
Sharon Kay Ritchie, Miss America 1956, was crowned in Atlantic City's Convention Hall by outgoing queen Miss America 1955 Lee Meriwether, of California.
Miss America 1956 Sharon Kay Ritchie Miss Colorado.
Although representing Colorado, Sharon Kay was actually from Grand Island, Nebraska. She won the Miss Colorado title while attending Colorado Women's College.
Two weeks after crowning McKnight, Sharon and Don Cherry married. The couple traveled together performing for a number of years and raised two sons, Shawn and Stephen. Additionally, Sharon worked as an actress and corporate spokesperson.
After their divorce, she married football player/sportscaster Kyle Rote, E. F. Hutton & Co. chairman Robert M. Fomon, and Terry Mullin.
Tragically, her younger son, Stephen, was killed in the 911 terrorist attack on New York's Twin Towers.
Sources: *Miss America Organization
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