Self-described as a "momma taxi," Angela Wilson of Vilonia is a mother to three boys, Logan, Luke and Hutch, and she has been a wife to her husband, Mike, for the past 15 years.
She also takes care of the business end of Wilson Heating and Cooling and is also the head chef, and the primary maid in the Wilson household. In addition, she wears the crown of Mrs. Vilonia 2014. Sometimes juggling all of her titles at once gets hectic, but for the most part, she said, she has no problems.
"I have a true, happy marriage," she said. "I love my family. I love the Lord. It’s what you do when you are happy. We are all very competitive."
The family also prays and plays together. In their spare time, they go to baseball games, football games and track meets. One or both of her sons are involved in each.
The blonde, brown-eyed, 32-year-old will compete in Mrs. Arkansas on Oct. 11 in Hot Springs against 15 contestants from across the state for the title. The decision for her to compete, she said, was a family decision. Her husband and her children are her biggest cheerleaders.
As a teenager, she competed in pageants but shied away from it after she married, until recently.
Wilson’s platform will be National Disaster Awareness — including the aspects of education, planning and staying informed on the keys to reducing the negative effects. Surviving two tornados in Vilonia, she has learned the importance of being prepared. She recognizes the need for volunteers and effects of a disaster, whether it be tornados, floods or wildfires.
During the tornado on April 27, the family had about 40 people at their house on S. Mount Olive Road when it hit. They are members of Liberty Church of Christ, and they were having a spaghetti supper and devotional. They didn’t realize the severity of the storm until it was right on the house. Some took shelter in the family’s safe room. Others gathered in a small room located behind the stairwell in the family’s two-story home. The house was spared. From their house, they could see the downed intermediate school and hear the siren of emergency vehicles.
Almost immediately afterward, her family began reaching out to others in the community. They volunteered at their church in the donation station and in the Black Oak community. They reached out to those in need. One family was Mexican and spoke little English. The family’s house and vehicle were destroyed. They couldn’t come to the church, so the church members started going to them, including the Wilson family.
"They were sleeping in one tent and storing items in the other," Angela said. "They had several children, including an infant. I could hardly sleep at night for thinking about them. That pulls at your heart."
The phases of competition include interview, swimsuit, evening gown and an onstage question.
She is a lifelong resident of Faulkner County. She graduated from Mt. Vernon/Enola High School. Her parents are James and Donna Lewis of Enola.
A hint about her outfits: she said she will be sporting Eagle colors.