Arkansas’ first Miss America dies at 76
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The first Miss America to come from Arkansas, Donna Axum Whitworth, has died in Texas.
Whitworth’s husband, Brian Whitworth, said she died Nov 4 at a hospital in Fort Worth. She was 76.
A cause of death was not released. Brian Whitworth said his wife suffered a variety of illnesses, but was well enough to travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, less than two weeks ago where she visited friends and attended a University of Arkansas football game.
Donna Axum Whitworth was crowned Miss America in 1964.