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DEBBY FRANCES BAKER

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Birth Date: 1955
Birth Place: Riverton, WY

Honored By

Donor names:   Jace Baker
Melissa Baker
Jesse Baker and family
Aislinn Kultgen
Peter Morash
Date submitted: May 10, 2008
Gift: Brick Paver - large
Location on plaza map: B4
Areas of Achievement: Activism, Arts, Business, Community Building, Domestic Work, Home Making, Philanthropy, Ranching, Self-Employed, Social Service, Volunteer, Spirituality
 
Debby Frances Morfeld was born September 23, 1955 in Riverton, Wyoming, to Lowell and Mary Morfeld. Growing up on a farm in the country, Debby was the true meaning of the word Cowgirl. Debby was active in horse competitions, showing, raising, and training her beloved horses. At the age of 6, along with family was her first but not last, cattle drive, moving cattle across the Wyoming prairie. She would get on her horse every morning and ride back late in the evening, she loved spending time on her horse for doing what needed to be done and also for play. Debby raised and showed livestock: horses, cattle, sheep, and rabbits; being a member of her local 4H chapter. Her dogs, horses, and livestock were not just for show or profit, she loved her animals dearly, they were her closest friends.

Debby attended Riverton High School, graduating in 1973 as a Junior, in the top 10% of her class. In high school she was still active with her beloved horses and livestock. She was a member of the Debate team, Student Senate, 4H, and the girls’ chapter of the Masons. After high school, she attended Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. Soon after, Debby married and had 3 children: Jesse Thayan Baker in 1978, Melissa Frances Baker in 1983, and her youngest Jaceson Van Baker in 1992.

Debby has co-owned and operated several successful businesses in Wyoming and Arizona. She is a certified Reiki Master with a remarkable gift of healing those in need, and in 2000, Debby was ordained as a Minister in front of family and friends. Debby continues to donate her time and money to those in need; friend, family, and strangers. Every Christmas she "adopts a family," or two, making sure that they will have a nice Holiday, a holiday the family wouldn't otherwise have. She has devoted countless hours to La Frontera, in Tucson, AZ, as a part of their RAP team, working to try and help the patients get through their rough spots, heal, and overcome. Currently, Debby is a member on the Board of Directors of TRAK, the Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids. Debby has always volunteered at her children's schools and presently volunteers at her grand niece's school.

Not only has Debby always been a supportive, accepting, and understanding mother to her biological children, instead of enjoying retirement, she has taken on the responsibility of becoming guardian of and taking care of her grand niece, Aislinn Kultgen, who is like a second daughter to her.

My mom, Debby Frances Morfeld-Baker is a successful business woman and investor who has devoted much of her life in helping philanthropic, educational, religious and social outreach organizations. I am nominating my mom for this honor for all the above reasons. When I look at her, she is what I aspire to be, beautiful (inside and out), loving, accepting, generous, and understanding. No matter what, I can always call on my mom for calming and thoughtful words, with no judgments, when I need reassurance. She is the reason for my drive educationally and career wise. I want her to be proud of all the things I have accomplished because, after all, it's only because of her that I was open and able to receive the opportunities I have. My mom is my best friend and confidant. I love her with all my heart, she deserves this recognition, and thanks to the University of Arizona for providing this type of opportunity to showcase the woman who has raised and taken care of us, and who always will. WE LOVE YOU MOM!! ALWAYS AND FOREVER!! She is truly the phenomenal woman.

Phenomenal Woman

Women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a model's fashion size
But when I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies.
I say
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips
The stride of my steps
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please
And to a man
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees
Then they swarm around me
A hive of honey bees.
I say
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth
The swing of my waist
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say
It's in the arch of my back
The sun of my smile
The ride of my breasts
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say
It's in the click of my heels
The bend of my hair
The palm of my hand
The need for my care.
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally
Phenomenal woman
That's me.

-Maya Angelou