In June 10, the ladies of the Elkins Purple Majesties group celebrated their 10th anniversary with a luncheon at Adaland Mansion in Philippi.
The luncheon was presided over by the reigning queens, Delores Wilfong and Beverly Denison, who recognized Founding Queen Mother Lyla Howell with a crown pin.
Following the luncheon, a coronation ceremony was conducted for the new queens, Texie Mallow and Pauline Newlon, with Dowager Queens Lyla Howell, Judy Jack, Wanda Price, Debbie Pernia, Gayle Zirkle, Evelyn Warner, Gerri Rosencrance and Charlotte Thomas participating.
Pictured in front are Debbie Pernia, Judy Jack, Pauline Newlon, Texie Mallow, Gerri Rosencrance and Gayle Zirkle, and in the second row are Wanda Price, Lyla Howell, Beverly Denison, Delores Wilfong, Charlotte Thomas and Evelyn Warner.
The group had its first luncheon at Graceland on June 9, 2003, with 20 charter members present. Since then, the group has grown to more than 100. Luncheons take place on the second Monday of each month and are open to any woman who "enjoys growing old gracefully."