Navarro's deer kill the biggest of her life, and maybe a record for woman in Oklahoma

Chandler woman has another pastime: baking cakes with outdoor themes
by Ed Godfrey Published: December 1, 2012
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Navarro was in her stand the morning of Nov. 8 when she heard a noise 40 yards to her left. She assumed it was a cow because cattle had been interfering with her previous hunts.

She glanced back and saw the buck easing down the middle of a dry creek bed. She had a grunt call zipped in her pocket but didn't dare go for it and spook the buck.

Instead, she imitated a grunt call with her mouth to get the buck to stop so she could take a shot.

“I could not believe that worked,” Navarro said.

In addition to deer hunting, Navarro's other pastime is baking cakes. She operated a cake baking business out of her home until the Oklahoma Department of Health informed her last January that she had to be licensed and meet certain specifications.

Now, she just bakes for family, friends and nonprofit groups, such as Icing Smiles, which provides cakes for critically ill children.

And occasionally she will bake a cake with an outdoors theme, like the three-layer wedding cake she once made that included a dead buck, an armadillo and a topping of two skunks with tails that formed a heart.

That's what the bride ordered.

“I told her she picked the right baker,” Navarro said.

by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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