FILE – In this April 17, 2007 file photo, Venus Ramey, 82, winner of the Miss America pageant in 1944 as the contestant representing Washington, D.C., poses for a photograph near her home in Waynesburg, Ky. Ramey, the first red-haired Miss America, died Saturday, June 17, 2017,  according to the Morris & Hislope Funeral Home in Science Hill, Ky. She was 92.
FILE – In this April 17, 2007 file photo, Venus Ramey, 82, winner of the Miss America pageant in 1944 as the contestant representing Washington, D.C., poses for a photograph near her home in Waynesburg, Ky. Ramey, the first red-haired Miss America, died Saturday, June 17, 2017, according to the Morris & Hislope Funeral Home in Science Hill, Ky. She was 92. The Interior Journal via AP, File George Lewis
FILE – In this April 17, 2007 file photo, Venus Ramey, 82, winner of the Miss America pageant in 1944 as the contestant representing Washington, D.C., poses for a photograph near her home in Waynesburg, Ky. Ramey, the first red-haired Miss America, died Saturday, June 17, 2017, according to the Morris & Hislope Funeral Home in Science Hill, Ky. She was 92. The Interior Journal via AP, File George Lewis

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