10 Most Beautiful 2012

Meet the 20 women who were chosen as finalists to compete in the 417 Magazine 10 Most Beautiful Women contest.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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Linda Sue Sparkman, 33

Occupation: Receptionist
City: Mt. Vernon / Branson
Family: Mike Dillon, 13-year-old Melinda, 9-year-old Makayla, 6-year-old Anthony

What is your charity of choice, and why is it important to you?

American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. Donations Contributed to ACS are in honor of My Mother Delores (Brown) Woods, Grandmother Nova (Leath) Brown, my cousins Melissa Wilson and Angie Brown, and everyone who has heard the word cancer.   

It was established in 1913. The society is organized into 12 divisions of both medical and lay volunteers operating in more than 900 offices throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. A sword is the symbol adopted by the American Cancer Society. Its activities include providing grants to researchers, running public health advertising campaigns and organizing projects such as the Relay For Life and the Great American Smokeout. It operates a series of thrift stores to raise money for its operations. Notable endorsements include the 4K for Cancer, a 4000-mile bike ride from Baltimore to San Francisco.  A study in 1994 showed that the American Cancer Society was ranked as the 10th "most popular charity/non-profit in America" of over 100 charities researched.

What do you think makes a woman beautiful?

I believe God has made all women beautiful inside out. I believe a woman is beautiful if she takes pride in herself and what god has given her, and if she has dignity, integrity, honesty, loyalty and dedication to God, family and friends.

Why do you think you’re a 10 most beautiful women finalist?

I believe people can see my soul shine through my eyes. I am a charismatic and sophisticated lady, I’m thankful for what God has given me, and I take pride in myself. I love life and all of my family and friends.

Do you volunteer, or are you involved in any philanthropic or community organizations?

Christian Associates Foundation, Hope Center, youth group activities, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Make a Wish Foundation, community area clean-ups. I love to volunteer my time and donations to organizations in our 417 community.

How are those experiences meaningful to you?

I love make people happy. I am a giving person. I love to give to others and help them out as much as I can.

Tell us what you do for a living:

I am the receptionist for the Mt. Vernon, Missouri veterans home in Lawrence County. I am also a licensed barber and cosmetologist.

What has been your proudest moment?

Having the opportunity to play volleyball at College of the Ozarks in Hollister and playing for state championship four years straight in high school at Purdy.

I am most proud of my life and my three children God has given me. The roads he has chosen for me and the challenges he knew I could overcome. I have learned to not follow the path of others, but to make my own road and let others follow.

What has been your biggest hurdle to overcome?

You can spend a lifetime with someone and truly never know them unless they open their spirit and soul to you. And most don't if they don't when you first meet them. I've learned the hard way: “Guard your heart.” Proverbs!

What are three words that describe you?

Character, integrity, classy.

Character is what you do when no one is looking.

Integrity is who you see when you look in the mirror every morning.

Classy is the elegance of being a woman.

What’s your favorite feature about yourself?

My athletic ability. You can do so much more in life with dedication, strength and the discipline you achieve while you condition and train your mind and body.

When you were a child, who did you think was the most beautiful woman?

Princess Diana. Princess Diana was an elegant, intelligent, beautiful lady. She walked with dignity and pride and carried her self gracefully. She is the most beautiful lady I have ever seen inside out.

What’s your favorite source of inspiration?

God, my parents and my children have guided me through life and have always stood by my side. The biblical scripture is the most inspiring to me because it was written thousands of years ago, and it pertains to all of us today.

What advice would you give to a young girl about being beautiful?

Imagine yourself doing what you love and loving what you do. Being happy from the inside out, experiencing your dreams wide awake, being creative, being unique, being you and changing things to the way you know they can be so you’re living the life you always imagined.

What are your favorite ways to spend a day off?

I love riding the Harley Davidson to Eureka Springs, having lunch at the Balcony Restaurant, riding to the Crescent Hotel to enjoy the tulips in the spring and seeing the rays of sunshine through the Thorncrown Glass Chapel. I also like horseback riding at Dogwood Caynon Nature Park, watching the sunset glistening across Table Rock Lake from the pontoon, riding the Seadoo to a rock cliff and jumping off and sitting in the hot tub when its snowing outside while icicles form from my hair. I like watching Melinda, Makayla, Angelina and Anthony laugh and play all day in the swimming pool at home and watching the kids ride Wildfire at SDC and the Kalani Towers water slide at White Water. I like going on the zipline at the Inspiration Tower at sunset, watching my garden grow and flowers bloom, seeing a red bird in remembrance of my grandmother Nova Brown, photography, running on the white sands of Panama and riding with the convertible top down. And I love the chance to go on the Honor Flight April 17, 2012 with our veterans. 

What is your most prized possession?

My life! Also a picture of John Lennon with his autograph and a doll in a red velvet dress my grandmother gave to me when I got out of the hospital.

What is your face book status right now?

My status would say, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” if it was active.

If you could have one talent that you don’t currently have, what would it be?

I would love to go on stage at the supper bowl and sing like the beautiful Whitney Houston.

What’s something that might surprise us about you, or a story you love to tell?

I grew up on a dairy farm in Barry County. Growing up in the middle of 150 acres meant a lot of hard work. Hauling hay, cutting wood, cutting ice in the winter, picking up walnuts and milking cows were part of my daily chores in Purdy, Missouri.

Another story: One memorial day in 1984, a drunk driver crossed the center line in Viola, Missouri and hit a little 6-year-old girl and her family’s vehicle on their way to church. She was in critical condition with internal bleeding, a crushed lung, a broken jaw, broken ribs and shattered teeth. The 6-year-old was given another chance at life, and that little girl was me.

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