“You have touched so many lives over the years and this is just our way of saying thank you,” Roberts told Baker Thursday morning, when he and Baughn presented her with a special certificate of tribute, which was signed by Alabama State House Speaker Mike Hubbard and reads as follows:
State Representatives Bill Roberts and Richard Baughn hereby Recognize Ruth Teaford Baker
Whereas, Ruth Teaford Baker is a distinguished educator, historian and author whose family traces its Alabama roots to just after the War of 1812; and
Whereas, Ruth Teaford Baker attended both Walker College in Jasper and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and holds a B.S. Degree in English/History, M.A. Degree in Education/English, M.A. Degree in School Administration, and A.A. in Education/English; and
Whereas, Ruth Teaford Baker has earned numerous awards including: Favorite Teacher of Alabama, 1980; Alabama Teacher of the Year, 1982; Business and Professional Women’s Woman of Achievement; Walker County’s Mother of the Year; the State of Alabama Governor’s Award; three House of Representatives of Alabama Awards; and Finalist in the Jacksonville State University Hall of Fame; and
Whereas, Ruth Teaford Baker retired as principal of Oakman Elementary School, having initiated her historical research while teaching English in Townley Junior High School and beginning to write featured newspaper articles in the Daily Mountain Eagle in 1978; and
Whereas, Ruth Teaford Baker is devoted to family and faith and is active in the Townley Church of God, where she serves in many capacities; now
Therefore, Ruth Teaford Baker is most highly recognized and commended for her outstanding achievements, and it is directed that she receive a copy of this certificate of tribute in admiration and appreciation, along with sincere best wishes for all future endeavors.
Baker, who will soon celebrate her 85th birthday, was the youngest of 12 children born to Luther N. and Mary Atkins Romine and has lived most of her life in and around the Townley community.
In addition to being a celebrated educator, Baker also authored three books on the history and folklore of Walker County — “Southern Homespun,” “Barefoot Dreams” and “Calico Princess.” She recently decided to give up her popular weekly column called “Home Folks,” which ran in the Daily Mountain Eagle for nearly 35 years, due to illness. She is currently battling arthritis in her hands as well as breathing problems and had to be hospitalized recently, but she is now back at home with a full-time caregiver.
Cards and letters may be mailed to Ruth Baker at 507 Golden Eagle Circle, Jasper AL 35504.