Dee Caperton

Dee Caperton

Miss West Virginia of 1964
Born Feb 26, 1943

Ella Dee Kessel Caperton was a First Lady of West Virginia and Miss West Virginia. She was the ex-wife of former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton, and the daughter of former Jackson County Circuit Court Judge and West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Oliver Kessel.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born on February 26, 1943.


1964 21 Years Old She was Miss West Virginia 1964 and the second runner up in the Miss America pageant.
1965 22 Years Old She married Caperton in 1965. … Read More


1986 43 Years Old After working as an interior decorator, studying classical music, and learning how to fly an airplane, in 1986 Kessel Caperton was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates for a two year term.
1988 45 Years Old She did not seek reelection in 1988, in order to campaign statewide for Caperton's campaign for governor.
1989 46 Years Old After becoming First Lady in 1989, she became the first First Lady of West Virginia to have her own office in the State Capitol. … Read More
1990 47 Years Old After divorcing Caperton in 1990, she created national headlines when she announced her candidacy for State Treasurer of West Virginia that year. … Read More


2000 58 Years Old She died in France on September 1, 2000.
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