A Drum Set, A Sash, And A Crown To Top It Off
Susan Groves is the most recent addition to Missouri's Royal Family - a drum playing, Birkenstock wearing, 62-year old music therapist from Fulton.
"I cried. I cried and I hate that because everybody was taking pictures so here I am with this cry look on my face," said Groves.
"I'm just a servant," Susan's husband Mike said with a laugh. "Just a bus driver."
Missouri women age 60 and above competed in the pageant where Susan spiced up the competition with her talent portion.
"When Susan hit the drums... which was a first for that group," Mike said. "And, you see the judges nodding their heads. I thought 'Wow - they were impressed by that.'"
Susan picked drums, but she also plays the trumpet, french horn, piano, guitar, and the banjo.
Aside from her talent, Susan's philosophy of life was a hit with the judges.
"Here's my philosophy of life: I believe that there are things that lead my life and helped me achieve humility, discipline, faith and hope, exercise, rest," Susan said. "And tobacco - nope. I respect other people with sincere regard, and pray to God when decisions are hard. My energy level has always been high, and even with age, I believe I can fly."
The pageant celebrates a group in society contributing more than ever before.
"The man who started this wanted to show that women are active in our culture; they are vital to our society," says Susan.
"Everybody should take the opportunity to see what these old gray people can come up with," Mike said. "It'll give you a whole new meaning of aging."
As Susan ages with elegance and a little bit of pep, she says, "I will represent Missouri in the national pageant in Las Vegas in November."