Former coeds to vie for Coming Home Queen title at WBU
Five Wayland Baptist University graduates will be competing for the title of Coming Home Queen during this weekend's Homecoming Festivities. The winner will be announced during the alumni luncheon on Saturday afternoon at noon and again at the doubleheader basketball games later that day.
Nominees for this year's title include Muriel Okamoto Amano, Class of 1952; Bonnie Batteas Donald, 1962; Barbara Hudgins Warren, 1972; Dorla Goss Harris, 1982; and Carole Masten Harbison, 1992.
Amano first came to WBU in 1947 from Hawaii. She was a member of the original International Choir under Dr. Shelby Collier and was known as "Collier's Little Songbird." After graduating, she returned to Hawaii and was active in Waialae Baptist Church. She married Robert Amano in 1953, and the couple has five children. The Amanos live in Scottsdale, Ariz., and are active in Scottsdale Baptist Church, where Muriel sings in the choir, helps prepare the bulletin and is involved in Bible study fellowship.
Donald came to Wayland from Maple and graduated in 1962, continuing her education at the University of Mississippi. She has served as a teacher and as minister of education at First Baptist Church in Picayune, Miss. An active civic leader, Donald won the Volunteer of the Year Award and the Founders' Award from the Civic Woman's club. A cancer survivor, she earned an award from NASA for speaking on breast cancer awareness at Stennis Space Center. She and husband Ken, a retired helicopter pilot, have two children and three grandchildren.
A native of Hale Center, Warren is in her 31st year in education, serving for 23 years as an educational diagnostician, presently at Pampa High School. She is active in the First Baptist Church in Pampa, where she directs a first-grade Sunday School, plays in the church orchestra and is on the missions committee. She served for four years as an officer for the band booster club, and also served on the Executive Board for the Association of Former Students. She and husband Ron, an elementary principal, have two sons: Wesley, an engineering student at Oklahoma State University, and Douglas, a freshman at WBU.
Harris came to Wayland from Tucumcari, N.M., and was active in band and as president of Theta Alpha Psi sorority. She worked at Central Plains MH/MR Center for three years and now is registrar at Perryton High School, where her husband Keith, a WBU graduate, is choral director. They are active at Key Heights Baptist Church, where he is music director and they work with youth. A cancer survivor, Harris is a strong advocate for cancer research and early detection. The Harrises have three children: Kendall, 18, Daurie, 15, and Keenan, 11.
Originally from Shallowater, Harbison was one of many in the Masten family to attend Wayland. She was active in student government, Student Alumni Council and was editor of the Traveler. She was named Female Citizen of the Year in 1992. Carole taught for several years before retiring to become a homemaker and mother. She and husband Richard, a fellow Wayland graduate and pastor of First Baptist Church in Spur, have three children: Jackson Reese, 6, Bentley Clay, 3, and Quincy Loren, 1. They are expecting their first daughter in January.