Venus Ramey, a native Kentuckian and Miss America for 1944, during a brief stop in Lexington in December 1944. At left is Ramey’s father, J.C. Ramey, of Waynesburg, and at right is her brother, J.W. Ramey. Ramey was born Sept. 26, 1924, in Ashland. She left the state to work for the war effort in Washington. She won the Miss District of Columbia pageant and then became Miss America. She was the first red-haired contestant to win the title.
Venus Ramey, a native Kentuckian and Miss America for 1944, during a brief stop in Lexington in December 1944. At left is Ramey’s father, J.C. Ramey, of Waynesburg, and at right is her brother, J.W. Ramey. Ramey was born Sept. 26, 1924, in Ashland. She left the state to work for the war effort in Washington. She won the Miss District of Columbia pageant and then became Miss America. She was the first red-haired contestant to win the title. Herald-Leader Archive Photo
Venus Ramey, a native Kentuckian and Miss America for 1944, during a brief stop in Lexington in December 1944. At left is Ramey’s father, J.C. Ramey, of Waynesburg, and at right is her brother, J.W. Ramey. Ramey was born Sept. 26, 1924, in Ashland. She left the state to work for the war effort in Washington. She won the Miss District of Columbia pageant and then became Miss America. She was the first red-haired contestant to win the title. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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June 18, 2017 4:37 PM

First red-headed Miss America dies at 92. Born in Ky. and not afraid to use her gun

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