By Teresa Jun, KOLD News 13
The nation has crowned a new Mrs. America, and she is from Tucson. Diane Tucker is an account executive with a mortgage company. She volunteers with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, spreading awareness about breast cancer.
Diane has lived in Tucson for 12 years. And before that, she grew up in Sierra Vista. She still can't believe she beat out 50 other state title-holders for the national pageant title Wednesday night at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson.
"I was in total shock when they announced my name," Diane said.
As Mrs. Arizona, Diane has been promoting breast cancer awareness issues throughout the state. Now, she takes her message to a cross-country audience. "Speak to classrooms, speak to kids about the importance of nutrition, recruit kids for the Race for the Cure," she said. "I'm looking forward to doing that."
She may be a new national public figure now, but Diane's roots still remain grounded in the Old Pueblo. Diane graduated from the University of Arizona, with the class of 1999. She married the college sweetheart she met there, Thomas Tucker. The two actually attended the same high school in Sierra Vista before meeting in college.
Thomas is a firefighter with the Tucson Airport Authority. He takes part in "Fill-the-Boot" fund-raisers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. And the way Diane sees it, both she and Thomas are title-holders in this community. "He's a firefighter," she said. "And I'm Mrs. America, and it's wonderful to go out into the community to use those titles to speak on platform issues we fell very passionate about."
The Mrs. America pageant will be broadcast on WE-TV, the Women's Entertainment channel, on September 23.
In about six months, Diane will prepare to represent America in the Mrs. World competition, taking place next March.
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