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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: July 7

Welcome Reception, Auction Dinner, Ladies Luncheon, Family Reunion, Art Cruise
by Helen Ford Wallace Modified: July 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm •  Published: July 7, 2013
/articleid/3859401/1/pictures/2151742">Photo - Bruce and Donna Lawrence, Molly Ross, Dr. Murali Krishna, Sam Krishna. Photo by David Faytinger, for The Oklahoman
Bruce and Donna Lawrence, Molly Ross, Dr. Murali Krishna, Sam Krishna. Photo by David Faytinger, for The Oklahoman

Hostesses: In the hostess group were Marilyn Meade, Jill Adler, Kathy Alexander, Tina Beal, Saundra Farha, Linda Garrett, Millie Hightower, Patsy Homsey, Lexy Huffman, Betsy Hyde, Betty Kay Karim, Bonnie Naifeh, Leslie Regens, Leslie Samara and Shelley Swisher. They gave the honoree a crystal compote.

Seen: Among those at the party were Fike, Paula Schopflin, Chris Harrison, Carol Ricks, Annie Brown, Kristi Leonard, Elizabeth Haggard and Nicole Tobin.


Dinner: Darlene and Larry Parman and Cindy and Bob Barnard were hosts for a dinner that Myra and Lew Ward purchased at the Alzheimer Association Memory Gala in April. Held in the Parman home, the event featured Barry Switzer and Pat Jones who entertained the Ward's guests with stories about their years of coaching football.

Decor: Vases of orange and red gladiolas filled the home representing both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

Menu: Shrimp, tenderloin of beef, risotto and lemon raspberry cake from Ned's Catering.

Special treat: The Wards gave the hosts and special guests bottles of wine from their daughter and son-in-law's vineyard “Hidden Range” in Sonoma County.

Meeting and greeting: Shirley Blaik, Carole Drake, J.B. Baker, Barbara and Gunnar Anderson, Kay and Dan Dillingham, Suzy and Lew Meibergen, Lee Allen Smith, Scott Parman, D'Arline McCubbin, Sandy and Stewart Meyers and Lee Thompson.


Luncheon: A “Live, Laugh, Love”-themed ladies luncheon was held recently at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club during the Mid-Continent Oilmen's Golf Tournament. It featured an Italian bistro decor with black and white tablecloths and wine bottle candelabras and potted herbs. Red and black balloons floated on the ceiling.

Drinks/food: Champagne cocktails were served and lunch was a pasta salad with chicken with Italian cream cake for dessert.

Entertainment: A “Jeans 101” fashion show from Liberte on Classen Curve was held and the ladies were entertained by comedian Dewey Been Jr.


Who/what/where: Family members of H. Rozelia Tankersley Richardson and Luther Richardson, who died in 2006 and 2007 and who had been married for 62 years, met in Oklahoma City for a family reunion. The festivities started with a joint birthday celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn. A banquet was held at the Crossings Church Pavilion.

Why: The eight sisters and brothers promised their parents they would get together each year and they have honored those wishes at various venues in the United States.

How: A special feature of the reunion was a Shakespearean play directed by Carmen L. Shippy. A 45-minute version of “The Merchant of Venice” was staged for the grandchildren, grandnieces and grandnephews. “We wanted them to do more at this reunion than just play and sit around in hopes this would encourage them to do more with their lives and start at an early age to learn to present themselves properly,” Shippy said.


Special event: The Art on Royal program of the Royal Caribbean Cruise ships featured Oklahoma City's Desmond Mason as one of four invited artists on the “Mariner of the Sea” cruise ship. He and his wife, Andrea Mason, went on the 10-day cruise from Singapore to Saigon, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, ending in Shanghai, China. Desmond brought several pieces of art with him. Oklahoma City residents were also on the cruise.

by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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