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Ladell Maxwell-Brown, 2008 Ms. Senior Queen and pageant director, 2010 Ms. Senior Oklahoma LaNese Craft and Virginia Campbell, 2009 Ms. Senior Oklahoma Queen share a hug. (Photo courtesy of Ladell Maxwell-Brown)

ADA — Ladell Maxwell-Brown, Oklahoma state director of Ms. Senior America Oklahoma Pageant, announced that LaNese Craft of Jones is the new Ms. Senior America Oklahoma. She was crowned by the 2009 queen, Virginia Campbell of Oklahoma City, during a ceremony at Fountains At Canterberry in Oklahoma City.

Craft, 72, a retired physical education teacher continues to be active in volunteer work with the American Institute for Cancer Research. Other volunteer work includes handicap chairman for USGA Golf, Inc., being a golf score keeper, guest speaking and AAU regional director for Baton Twirling.

“It is a honor to participate in a program that helps show seniors in a positive light,” Craft said.

“The Ms. Senior America Pageant philosophy is based on the belief that seniors are the foundation of America,” Craft said. “It was built on their knowledge, experience and resources, and because of that, younger generations have the opportunity to build a better society.”

In addition to her volunteer work, being active in church and playing golf, she is an avid foreign traveler. She is also a cancer survivor.

Maxwell-Brown, 2008 Ms. Senior Queen from Ada, said the national competition will be Oct. 3-7 in Atlantic City, N.J. For this each contestant is required to dress in business attire for an interview with the judges, a floor length gown for modeling, state her philosophy of life and perform a talent. Craft will be twirling a baton for her talent.

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