Ms. Mature Irving Pageant

Meet our 2012 Ms. Mature Irving: Kay Waters

This lovely lady was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She has had a varied career with jobs ranging from running a daycare business to being a home health aide. As you can see, Kay's life has revolved around caring for others.

"I love people, especially seniors, bringing hope and encouragement is what I will contribute," Kay has said.

Hosting a women's fellowship luncheon and volunteering by leading a music program at Northgate Nursing Rehabilitation and Nursing Center are some of the ways that Kay manages to fulfill this mission of serving others.

Kay Waters was crowned Miss Mature Irving on October 5, 2012, and will represent the City until the next pageant in October 2013. Since her crowning, Kay has already been active in the community by attending parades and meetings. We're fortunate to have this vibrant "young at heart" woman representing us!

What is the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant?

Every autumn the Heritage Senior Center sponsors its Ms. Mature Irving Pageant. Ms. Mature Irving is a pageant for women age 60 and older. The pageant consists of three categories: Personality, Talent, and Eveningwear. We have always enjoyed terrific community support from city officials, area merchants, and civic groups.

The event's goal is to create greater awareness of the worth of Irving's senior women, and also to promote a positive image of our seniors. We would be honored to have ladies from organizations all over the City of Irving, to participate in this year’s pageant. There will be some work, but rest assured that there is also fun.


The registration deadline is 5 p.m. July 8, but we can accept contestants after that time if they can attend rehearsals. Rehearsals will be held Monday evenings at Heritage Senior Center, 6 p.m., 200 S. Jefferson, beginning July 15, at 6 p.m. The 2013 pageant will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 4 at the Irving Arts Center. If you would like to know more about the pageant, or about Heritage Senior Center please contact Pat Davenport, at (972) 721-2496.  You can also fax me at (972)721-3744, or e-mail me at:

A History of Ms. Mature Irving Pageant

Linda Spencer and Cindy Jones founded the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant in 1982. The first pageant was held at the senior center. Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Bill Thompson served as the emcee. The idea caught on, and a great institution was born! For the next year 1983 the pageant moved to the Buena Vista Theater (now known as the Theater In The Commons) and was held there for the next six years. The Irving Arts Center opened in 1990, and the Carpenter Theater there has been home to the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant since. Many exciting things have happened during the run of the pageant. In 1990 for example we had to use the stage set that was being used for the Mrs. America Pageant. The largest part of this set involved a huge set of stairs, which our ladies navigated beautifully! One contestant, Vivian Martin-Kleinwachter was performing a roller-skating routine as her talent. She descended the stairs on her roller skates! Another example of the marvelous things that have happened at the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant was the performance at the 1992 of a young girl singer from the Johnny High Music Revue. Her name was Leanne Rimes! 


Based on the example of the Ms. Mature Irving Pageant, many other senior pageants have come to life. Pageants in San Angelo, San Antonio, Abilene, and Corpus Christi have been founded, as well as the state pageant itself. Our representatives have performed admirably, winning the state pageant in 1991 (Vivian Kleinwachter) and winning the talent competition in the national pageant (Vivian again, with her roller-skating). We celebrate 26 years of honoring senior ladies. All of the Ms. Matures have been examples of what is best in senior women. These lovely ladies are vital members of the community with a lot to contribute. It is our hope that we will continue showcasing them throughout the twenty-first Century and beyond.



Talent Competition

Past Ms. Mature Irving


 Miss Mature