‘Going to have a good time’: Former Miss Florida retires from SWFD 911 dispatch

Miss Fla.

Priscilla "Schnarr" Brown when she won the Miss Florida crown in 1964.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 02:41 PM.

If you’ve dialed 911 in the last five years while in South Walton, you may have been speaking with a former Miss Florida — though you’d never know it.

Priscilla Brown, nee Schnarr, worked as a 911 dispatcher for the South Walton Fire District before retiring Aug. 31. And even among her colleagues, Brown never let slip that she was a pageant winner.

“I never bothered to say anything to anybody,” the 1964 Miss Florida said. “I kept it from them for five and a half years.”

But at her surprise retirement party, the group presented a slideshow of photographs of Brown, including some from when she won the Miss Florida crown at the age of 17.

“If you ever happen to meet Charlotte Flynt … thank her for letting the ‘cat out of the bag’ to (South Walton Fire District administrative assistant) Robbie (Lund) one day in late July,” Brown told The Sun of how her colleagues found out.

Brown said she’s still a bit shy to share the story, but that her Miss Florida win was an unexpected honor.

“I didn’t expect to win,” said the woman who identified herself more as athlete than beauty queen. “Athletic blondes did not win giddy contests then.”

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