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Lolly Sweeney recently celebrated her 67th year as a Balliets employee.

For nearly seven decades, Lolly Sweeney has helped local women with all their fashion needs.
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: March 31, 2013

“My favorite clothing lines through the years have been Jennings' very feminine clothes and Armani's fabulous looks. Edna Balliet had a movie star friend in California she sent clothes to and I was the right size and fit for her. I love shoes too, but I never wanted to sell them.”

Sweeney always seems to know what her customers should wear and has a knack for the latest look.

She sells dresses, sportswear, slacks, suits, jewelry and purses with a great flair because she always knows what looks good together. She knows how clothes should fit, what the dress lengths should be and what color of hosiery is appropriate. Her favorite trend that's back in style for spring is bright and happy colors.

Sweeney's favorite color choice is red.

“I have lots of red and black in my own wardrobe,” Sweeney said. “The fashion world is very exciting today and I'm looking forward to the next season and all of the wonderful new trunk shows.

“I've always worked. When I married my husband Bob, we went to California for a short time. He was in the Air Force, but we came back home soon and I was right back at Balliets modeling in the Skirvin Tower Hotel store. I did attend a year of college at Texas Tech.”

Her children are Susan Marshall and Michael Robert Sweeney and grandchildren are Thomas Jordan, Michael Sweeney, Bobby Sweeney, and great-grandson, Matthew Jordan.

“My brother and I are very proud of her,” said Sweeney's daughter Susan Marshall. “Her job keeps her young and she loves what she does every day.”

Sweeney's mother, Cleo, worked at Balliets until she was 92. Her daughter is on track to surpass her mother's record.

“It certainly depends on my health,” Sweeney said. “I've always loved Balliets and that is why I'm still here.”

Wagner said after accompanying Sweeney to a Rosemary Burke art show at JRB Art at the Elms that everyone knew her and wanted to talk to her.

“I was happy to be with her,” Wagner said. “We all respect her and are in such awe of her talent.”

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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