Marilyn Olley Ashmore: Miss Georgia 1969

Local Title:

Miss Cobb County

Talent performed:

A Dramatic and Comedic Interpretation of the Balcony Scene from Romeo and Juliet


Marilyn Olley Ashmore entered the Miss Georgia Pageant as Miss Cobb County, won the Swimsuit Preliminary and Miss Georgia job in 1969, and participated in the 1970 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Highlights from the year included riding on the International Award winning Georgia float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, representing the State of GA at events in Canada and Mexico, and traveling the state with local and statewide events. Following her year, she used her Miss Georgia and Miss America scholarships to obtain a degree in Business Administration. She was instrumental in opening and running a medical office practice with Dr. G. B. Espy in Marietta, was co-owner and operator of a School of Charm and Modeling in Smyrna, and was bookkeeper and inventory controller for Reflections Gallery of Art in Atlanta. Marilyn married and moved to Macon, GA where she worked with the CFO of Charter Medical Corporation for 13 years. Working for the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, she was Director of the National Historic Landmark Johnston-Felton-Hay House for 9 years, and was a Vice Pres. at Bibb Distributing Company in Macon for 3 years. Marilyn is currently employed as the Capital Campaign Director with the Museum of Aviation Foundation in Warner Robins, where she has worked for the past 11 years.

While raising her son, Trey (a UGA graduate), and daughter, Ruth (a Georgia College graduate), Marilyn remained active with the Miss GA Pageant having formed the Miss Macon Scholarship Assn., and then serving 14 years as a Miss GA Field Director. She has emceed nine Miss America state programs in Alabama and Georgia, four televised on Ga Public Television. She has served as a judge for the Miss Arkansas, Miss Alabama and Miss Georgia Pageants and has remained an active judge and emcee for hundreds of staged programs throughout Georgia.
For the past 40 years, her volunteer leadership involvement has been extensive, and most recently she has been named to the Warner Robins Historic Preservation Commission with the City of Warner Robins. Marilyn is a popular speaker on stage, television and radio, and she continues to offer guidance, inspiration, and unwavering support to the hundreds of Miss America hopefuls. Marilyn remains forever grateful for this program that provided a platform for many of her successes in life.


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