A St. George mother of four and her 18-year-old daughter won the Mother-Daughter Utah 1989 Pageant Friday night at Taylorsville High School.

Pamela Cox, 40, who works in a St. George fitness center and teaches hair styling at a hair institute, and her daughter, Amy Noe'le Cox, a beauty college student in St. George, will travel to Universal Studios in Los Angeles in November to compete in the National Mother-Daughter Pageant."I'm really surprised," Cox said, smiling after she had won the pageant crown Friday night. "This is the first beauty contest I've ever entered and certainly the first time I've ever won anything."

She said friends in St. George persuaded her to enter the Mother-Daughter Utah Pageant. Her daughter was first runner-up to Miss Utah in 1988 and has won the Miss St. George Pageant.

Sixteen mother-daughter teams competed in the annual Mother-Daughter Utah Pageant. The first runner-up title went to Marie Boyer, 38, and her daughter, Valerie, of Sandy, and the second runner-up title went to Roxie A. Hayes, 43, and her daughter, Rosanne Simpson, also of Sandy.

The mother-daughter teams were judged on a personal, informal interview with a panel of judges. Contestants' self-expression, values, attitudes and future goals were evaluated along with their poise, personality and appearance.

Each contestant appeared in a swimsuit and formal gown.