Helen Ford Wallace
Features 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 the Peope/Events page on NewsOK. She also has a Twitter and Facebook presence about Oklahoma City parties and maintains party photo galleries on NewsOK.She has written feature articles for The Oklahoman since 1957 (except for two years when she lived out of state) when she became a teen correspondent for the Oklahoma City Times. She was one of the first people, if not the first person, at The Oklahoman and throughout the country, to set up a modem at home to send columns on an Apple II computer. In the late 1970’s when she did this, the trend had not yet become a major part of the workplace.Current community activities include: Junior League of Oklahoma City board of directors sustaining advisor; Touchdown Club member, Oklahoma Heritage Association member, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum member, Sooner Club. Past activities are: Past Junior League President, Beaux Arts Ball Chairman, Associates Council member, Membership rush advisor for Delta Delta Delta and President of OU Mothers Club. Worked on Public School Foundation dinner events. Awards: Journalism Hall of Fame; Tri Delta Panhellenic Women of the Year; Oklahoma City Public School Foundation Annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award; Women In Communication Byliners Award; Dulaney Browne Libraries Award at Awards of Excellence for Oklahoma City University; Oklahoma Hospitality Club Ladies In the News honoree.


  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Who's coming to dinner?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    20-40-40 Etiquette columnists answers questions of interest to Oklahomans.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Mom wants help against splash attack at pool

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Mother wants to know how to stay dry when watching her children at the pool. Christina Nihira has the guest answer. Steve Boaldin is the illustrator.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: July 26

    By Helen Ford Wallace, hfwallace@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Birthday Party, Wedding Shower, Bridal Luncheon

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: No thank-you note makes wedding gift giver wonder

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    20-40-60 Etiquette: Early wedding gifts should be acknowledged before the wedding day. It is good manners to respond promptly.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: July 19

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Altus Reunion, Orchestra League, Sip & See, Pi Beta Phi,

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---When can I have a cell phone?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

     YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: What do you think is the appropriate age for children to have cell phones?   CALLIE’S ANSWER: There is no longer an “appropriate” age. It is when you feel comfortable giving your child a cell phone. There are many positives […]

  • How young is too young for a cellphone?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    The Oklahoman's 20-40-60 Etiquette discusses whether there is a right age to give a child a cellphone.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: July 12

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    Rotary Club Dinner, Quail Creek Parade, Summer Party, Travel Party, Ladies Luncheon, Art Opening

  • Parties Extra! Video---Terry Neese---Institute of Economic Empowerment of Women

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    Christine Eddington, Paige Dillard and Terry Neese (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace). [brightcove]4346420445001[/brightcove]   Terry Neese was on the  Parties Extra! set  at The Oklahoman for a web cast. She discussed the Institute of Economic Empowerment of Women meetings in Dallas and Oklahoma City and the upcoming fashion show.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---When do we eat?

    Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I just love reading your 20-40-60 column every week! Sometimes I’ll just read through old ones too. I actually have been wondering about waiting to eat and found an answer from you in 2010, but my question is kind of a twist on that. I consider myself a bit of a stickler for etiquette, but know that I am not immune to mistakes. I am finding myself to be increasingly bothered by people not waiting until everyone is served or the host is sitting to begin eating.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Waiting to eat causes awkward feelings

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMANAND HELEN FORD WALLACE For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    I consider myself a bit of a stickler for etiquette, but know that I am not immune to mistakes. I am finding myself to be increasingly bothered by people not waiting until everyone is served or the host is sitting to begin eating.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: July 5

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Birthday party, Rehearsal dinner, Preview Party, Wall of Honor

  • Former Junior League Presidents meet for lunch in Oklahoma City

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Sara Sweet, Kristi Leonard, Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver, Cristi Reiger. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).   Kristen Brown was hostess for a luncheon for past presidents of the Oklahoma City Junior League. She was president in 2013-14. Current President Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver talked about plans for the new year and the Junior League's health focus and outgoing President Kristi Leonard talked about this year's accomplishments. Cleaver took over as president in June.

  • Parties Extra!---Marty Dillon and Mark Wilmes---Party Galaxy!--- July 4th!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Marty Dillon and Mark Wilmes talk about July 4th party decorations on Parties Extra! [brightcove]4330720524001[/brightcove]

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: June 28

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Bridal Shower, VIP Grand Opening, High School Reunion, Kiwanis Picnic, Redbud Breakfast,

  • Parties Extra! Video---Genea Vallion and Cathy Blair from Trochta's---Beautiful flowers!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    [brightcove]4316696964001[/brightcove] Genea Vallion and Cathy Blair from Trochta’s talk about flowers on Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Divorcee ponders rules of name game

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    I am recently divorced and want to keep my name the same as it has been for 18 years. My children have the same last name. My friends are encouraging me to go back to my maiden name. Which is the proper way to handle this?

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties Etc.: June 21, 2015

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    Wedding Shower, deadCenter Opening Event, Best of the West Brunch, Baby Shower, Luncheon

  • Cindi Shelby of RMeyers talks about summer and fall fashions!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    [brightcove]4305584650001[/brightcove]   Cindi Shelby talks fashion on Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---How about those last minute invites?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    To ask an etiquette question, please email Helen at hwallace@oklahoman.com  By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I am having a dinner party and have sent out the invitations. Some of the people cannot come. Is it OK to send last-minute invitations to a couple of friends? CALLIE’S ANSWER: No, don’t send out […]




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