By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
Many stories have been written about long time Cooke Country resident Maudell Baker and her career as a musician and teacher but there is a new accomplishment coming up Aug. 25 when she turns 100 at a reception from 2-4 p.m. held in her honor at the Winstar Golf Course in Thackerville, Okla.
Students, community members, neighbors and friends are encouraged to stop by at the birthday bash to say hello to the community’s newest centenarian.
Baker, a long time icon in the north Texas community, has taught piano to countless children as well as adults during her past 99 years and instilled her love of music and the arts to those whose lives she touched. She is an award winning teacher, writer, artist and musician.
After graduation from Henrietta High School at the age of 16, Baker attended the University of North Texas where she was the first to receive a degree in music from the school that is now renowned for its music program.
“I feel like the grandmother of the whole school of music,” Baker said, laughing.
Not only does Baker know her way around a piano and other instruments but she also teaches painting and has enjoyed several one woman shows exhibiting her work inspired by Texas themed subjects and nature.
Even today, Baker remains active by teaching a few students and is quite independent.
When asked why she has never retired completely she said , “I keep busy because it keeps me young. I heartily recommend it for everyone.”
Just three weeks shy of a milestone few ever attain, who can argue with her wisdom?