Her Reign Over, Mrs. America Returns to Quiet Life in Homer

     It’s been a year since a previously unknown gal from Homer, Alaska was crowned Mrs. America – the first Alaskan to win the pageant. One year later, Vicki Sarber is back to her busy – if relatively un-glamorous – life as a wife and mother.

     Once the excitement wore off, Sarber says the title of Mrs. America became more of a job title. She met more people than she could possibly remember, quickly developed a knack for public speaking and travelled extensively, including a trip to Vietnam, where she met the president of the country.

     It wasn’t long before fate intervened and Sarber found a new purpose in her new role.

     "Right after being crowned, my son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome," she said. "So I had the opportunity to network and get a lot of information ... and support. So that's what I got out of it."

     Sarber says her son loves life in Homer and is doing well.

     In May, it was back to Tucson, Arizona, the home of the Mrs. America pageant, where Sarber stood right next to celebrity emcee Florence Henderson when the big announcement was made that Mrs. Texas would inherit the crown.

     Sarber says it was quite strange to go from Homer, where she leads a pretty simple life, to the Mrs. America stage, where she is definitely a celebrity – someone to be admired by the scores of women whose desire it is to be just like Vicki Sarber.

     "The biggest compliment, though ... is that I've had women come up to me and thank me for being a realistic representative of what a married woman should be," she said. "I was very flattered by that. It was nice to bring the small town 'real woman' to the national stage."

     Sarber is back on her much smaller stage now, running around Homer, raising her three children.