Keeping himself active is centenarian's secret

Carroll Seniors

June 16, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Every day, except when it's raining or too hot, Felix Edward Baker walks the two blocks from his apartment in Timber Ridge to Westminster Senior Activities Center.

That may not sound like much, but Baker is 100 years old.

He was born on April 27, 1899, in Tennessee, the second of the 10 children of Carolyn Ramsey and H. Jones Baker. His mother lived to be 96.

Each day, Baker goes to the senior center to help with the Evening Supper Club, serving the meal and assisting in the kitchen. He contributes 1,000 hours of volunteer time a year to the center.

Baker says his secret to a long life is keeping active. He gets up at 7 a.m. every day, makes breakfast or takes the shuttle bus to eat and drink coffee with friends, dances at the Westminster Moose Lodge and takes bus trips to dinner theaters.

In 1947, Baker helped found the Catonsville chapter of the Loyal Order of the Moose, which is active today.

He and his late wife, the former Arlyn Leib, had six children, and he has 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The senior center and the Carroll County Commissioners honored Baker on his birthday with a party at the center.

Pub Date: 6/16/99

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