Choctaw woman win Mrs. Oklahoma title

Oklahoma City (AP) March 2012
A Choctaw woman has been crowned Mrs. Oklahoma for 2012.

Pageant officials say Joy Rose Murphy won the crown during a ceremony in Guthrie. Eleven women competed for the title and were judged on their communication skills, achievements, poise and appearance.

Murphy is the wife of thoroughbred jockey Glen Murphy and the mother of a little girl.

Officials say during her reign as Mrs. Oklahoma, Murphy plans to bring attention to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, a non-profit organization. She has raised more than $50,000 for the cause since 2005.

Murphy has a bachelor of arts degree from Oklahoma City University, and has worked as a news and sports reporter for the NBC affiliate in Denison, Texas.

Murphy will represent Oklahoma in the Mrs. America pageant.