Ms. Senior Oklahoma 2019 crowned

Deborah Wedel

ADA — On June 29th, 2019, the Ms. Senior Oklahoma Pageant was held at the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center located at East Central University in Ada, where the new Ms. Senior Oklahoma, Deborah Wedel, was crowned by Ms. Senior America, Gayle Novak.

With a husband of 46 years, two children, and two grandchildren, people might think that Wedel would be enjoying a leisurely retirement, they would be wrong. The energetic woman from Tuttle continues to be active after being a teacher and counselor for 36 years. She continues to take classes to learn new skills.

Although Wedel is involved in many artistic endeavors, she chose her talent to recite “Mother and a Poet”, which was an emotional and moving poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning about a woman poet who loses both of her sons in battles in Italy.

She was honored in Washington D.C. as one of the top ten outstanding women in America, a teacher of the year, and one of Channel 5’s Teachers Who Care. She has sung with the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Lyric Theater, her church, and a rock and roll band.

Now Wedel can add the title of Ms. Senior Oklahoma to her lengthy resume. She feels it is an honor to participate in a program that helps show seniors in a positive light. Wedel will represent Oklahoma in the National Finals for Ms. Senior America in Atlantic City, N.J.

For more information on how to be a contestant in the 2020 Ms. Senior Oklahoma Pageant, contact Ladell Maxwell at, online at, and the Ms. Senior Oklahoma Facebook page.