Mary Radewan Heinz
Today: Mary is an interior designer in Seattle, where she lives with her husband, Rob Heinz.
Personal: Mary has had a busy life since she was Apple Blossom Queen 50 years ago. “I went to school, got married, had kids, got a divorce, was single for 10 years, and married again,” she said. She’s now been married to Rob Heinz for 26 years, and together they have four children and six grandchildren. She’s worked in many fields, her most recent venture was starting her own business in interior design. She and her husband love to travel.
Princesses: Paula Maguire and Janet Evans
Favorite queen memory: “We traveled so much back then.” Mary said of her 1963 reign as queen. “I got to go to the Rose Bowl Parade, and Seafair. We went to Whitefish, Mont., to the Whitefish Winter Carnival. Every single weekend we were in a parade,” she said.
She particularly enjoyed Seafair, staying at a hotel for an entire week, eating out every day, and attending a variety of functions for royalty. “Seafair was just a blast,” she said. “It was a really good opportunity to meet lots of different people.” She remembers being in both the big parade, and the torchlight parade. She said she’s not sure if her experience as queen, or her parents’ passion for travel gave her the travel bug. “It was a great experience,” Mary added. “You think at the time, this is no big deal, but when you look back on it, you realize it was a big deal.”
Notable: Two years after Mary was queen, her younger sister, Amy Radewan, was selected as a princess. Many years after that, Mary’s daughter, Mikael Gavin, was also a princess. But she didn’t find out until years later that her husband, Rob Heinz, was a football player for the Huskies the year she represented Apple Blossom in the Rose Bowl Parade and the Huskies played in the Rose Bowl game.
“His mom has a picture of the parade, and the picture has both of us in it,” she said, adding, “It’s kind of a small world.”