Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: July 28, 2008
Sen. Susan Paddack, Ms. Senior America Oklahoma Ladell Maxwell Brown,
Jari Askins and Ada Mayor Barbara Young following the crowning ceremony.
Ms. Senior America Oklahoma Crowned
With six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, people might
think Ladell Maxwell Brown would be enjoying a leisurely retirement—they’d
be wrong. The energetic Ada woman continues to work at the real
estate company she founded 40 years ago and has done volunteer work
for numerous civic organizations ranging from the Ada Arts and Humanities
Council to the Salvation Army.
Now Brown can add the title of beauty queen to her lengthy resume.
At a ceremony at the State Capitol on Monday, she was crowned Ms.
Senior America Oklahoma by Sen. Susan Paddack and Lt. Gov. Jari
Askins. Brown said it was an honor to participate in a program that
helps show seniors in a positive light.
“The Ms. Senior America Pageant philosophy is based on the
belief that seniors are the foundation of America. It was built
on their knowledge, experience and resources, and because of that,
younger generations have the opportunity to build a better society,”
Paddack said she was honored to be part of the ceremony for Brown
who has lived in Paddack’s hometown of Ada for about 50 years.
“Ladell truly is an inspiration for all of Ada. She’s
given so much of herself to our community, helping promote everything
from the arts to economic development,” said Paddack, D-Ada.
“I know she will represent Oklahoma beautifully at the Ms.
Senior America Pageant this fall.”
Brown, age 76, began college in her late 40’s and earned her
degree at the age of 58. She’s also served as Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador, organized and served as President of Soroptimist International.
Brown said raising her four children to be God-loving, responsible
citizens, is the accomplishment of which she’s most proud.
Askins said she was delighted to help bestow this latest honor on
Brown who has served as a Silver Haired Legislator and is a recipient
of the Realtor Emeritus designation, the highest honor that can
be bestowed upon a Realtor.
“Ladell epitomizes the qualities you’d want in a role
model for any age. She’s talented, intelligent and accomplished
and has continually served others in her community and her state,”
In addition to her work as a Realtor and volunteer projects, Brown
said she also enjoys traveling through the U.S.A. and Europe, as
well as reading and ballroom dancing.
For the national competition, contestants are required to wear a
business suit for an interview, a floor length gown for modeling,
state her philosophy of life and perform a talent. Brown said she
would perform a Hawaiian Hula dance for the talent portion of the
competition which will be held in October in Atlantic City, New
For more information
Sen. Paddack's Office: (405) 521-5541