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Sonja Baker-Norton crowned 2013 Ms. Senior Classic

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Sonja K. Baker-Norton of Yantis was named Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic 2013. Jackie McGlamery of Sulphur Springs came in second and Glenna Durr of Dike third for the title.

Each woman received a trophy and certificate. Baker-Norton as the new title-holder was also presented a spray of flowers provided by Lydia Bryant and Sulphur Springs Floral Etc., a sash custom-made by Tammy Olague of Custom Threads and was given $75 from event sponsor Visiting Angels to cover the entry fee for her to compete Aug. 23-25 at the 2013 Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant in Plano.


The contest featured five contestants, who ranged in age from 75 to 83, and four categories: talent, judges’ interview, evening gown and philosophy of life.

Baker-Norton also won “Miss Congeniality” and won the award for “best interview.” For this segment, contestants were asked to draw a prepared question from a fishbowl then answer it. She was asked, “If you had the whole day to do anything you wanted, what would you do?”

“I would go to the spa,” the 75-year-old said. “I’d get a nice massage, maybe a microdermabrasion, a pedicure and manicure — and another massage.”

Baker-Norton sang “Love and Marriage” during the talent contest and wore a white dress adorned with blue print palm fronds. Her life philosophy is to trust God will triumph over evil. She says one should always talk to God and trust He will always answer those prayers. She enjoys sharing her history with all who will listen and tries to give good advice to her 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She has five children and enjoys reading, sewing, genealogy, crossword puzzles and crocheting.

Baker-Norton expressed surprise at being named the new Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic.

“This is just great,” she gushed effusively. “I see so many of my friends. I’m so glad everyone could come, especially my grandsons and great-grandson. It’s so great.

“The talent tonight — Ms. Stella  — we should all testify,” she added, referring to 2010 Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic Stella Bagley heartfelt singing of “Testify” accompanied by Joanne Hunter on piano, which received a standing ovation. “Thank you judges. Thank you so much. All [contestants and winners] are such beauty and talent and want to be involved. And, as Sandra Bullock would say, ‘And world peace,’” Baker-Norton laughed.

Jackie McGlamery also won the award for “best personality.” For the talent contest, she told several jokes that had the room chuckling. Her philosophy of life is “live, laugh, love and just be happy.” She believes in living one day at a time, giving your worries to God and that laugher often is indeed the best medicine. The 83-year-old Hopkins House resident said her loves include, family, friends, God and bingo. She enjoys playing bino at the Senior Citizens Center with her friends and going to church.

Glenna Durr also won the award for “most talented.” An artist, Durr showed a slideshow of her art paintings, which one of her grandchildren kindly arranged for her. She described the photos as they appeared, including one of the glow in the dark angels she has painted for her grandchildren, a few of the anniversary pictures on glass with a reflective background which she makes for various family members on their anniversaries, a landscape painted on a lampshade for her son, and an elephant done in acrylic paint which won reserve grand champion during a Fall Festival arts and crafts contest. She read a poem describing how she feels about painting, which she read at the end of the slideshow.

“God gave it to me to fill the quiet time with the kids done. It doesn’t have to be perfect or great — just what the mind can see. Painting makes me happy, sets me free .... I just love it all. Painting lets me be me,” Durr said.

Her philosophy on life if that “everything happens for a purpose God gives and it either blesses or strengthens.” The 77-year-old Dike resident volunteers at the Senior Citizens Center and is otherwise busy with her dog-breeding business, gardening and crafts. She has seven children, 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

The award for best philosophy of life went to Hannah Easdon. The 77-year-old Sulphur Springs resident believes in making lemonade out of lemons. She follows Philippians 4:11 to the best of her ability, being content with whatever the circumstance. In her spare time, she likes writing and doing needlework. In fact, for the talent contest, she read a cowboy poem she wrote shortly after her husband died, which reflects her life philosophy.

Easdon, 80, is involved with the Diamond Set group at First Baptist Church. She had three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contestant Jaqueline Lesley won the evening gown contest with her black sparkling evening wear. The 78-year-old also showed show of her artwork to display her talent. She believes her artwork is inspired, and showed her depiction of a black bear like one that used to prowl around her house, a cowboy and bronc inspired by watching Westerns and a depiction of the strength of a tiger seen in a movie.

Lesley’s philosophy of life is to “try to do what is right, do what I can and accept what I can’t change.” The Sunny Springs resident enjoys spending time visiting with friends, drawing, and doing arts and crafts. She has three children, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Each category winner was presented with a certificate by Pageant Director Karon Weatherman and Visiting Angels.

The pageant featured entertainment by the three past Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic winners — piano accompaniment by 2011 winner Betty Caudle, singing by 2010 winner Stella Bagley and 2012 winner Ina Gore — as well as singing by master of ceremonies Enola Gay Mathews who was accompanied on guitar by Wesley United Methodist Pastor Sam Campbell, and singing and a skit by Ms. Texas Senior Classic Nancy Bolton of Sulphur Springs.

Pageant Director Karon Weatherman presented Gore with a crown pin so she can wear her crown any time she wishes from now on to commemorate her year as the Ms. Hopkins County Senior Classic.

Weatherman also offered thanks to the pageant judges, auditor, and to Michael Bowen and the Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District Agriculture Department for the ferns and Melba Nash of Melba’s creations for the stage setting donated for the pageant.




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