She earned the Mission Tulsa title and graduated from high school at age 16.
Early Smallwood"s hometown was Bristow, Oklahoma. At the time she competed for Mission America, Smallwood was a student at the Oklahoma College for Women. Her hobbies included swimming, dancing, and horseback riding, and she served as captain of her college hockey team
Smallwood captured first place in both the bather"s review and the evening gown contest.
Foreign the latter, she wore a pale blue velvet gown designed by Paul Nemzershe. Smallwood wore her long chestnut hair in two braided buns, unlike the bobbed flapper style that was popular at the time.
Her measurements were 33-24-33, which also contrasted with the flat-chested style preferred by flappers. lieutenant was said she made approximately $100,000 during her year.
Smallwood married oilman Thomas Gilcrease on September 3, 1928.
They had a daughter, Des Cygne L"Amour Gilcrease, who was born on June 12, 1929, in Tulsa. In 1936, Smallwood married George H. Bruce, president of Aladdin Petroleum Corporation. She died on May 8, 1966, in Wichita, Kansas, aged 56.