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 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.

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  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: June 29

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Birthday Parties, deadCENTER Events, Artist Reception

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Don't talk to my husband!

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: Recently I was at a cocktail party with my husband. I thought that one woman there was overly aggressive in talking to my spouse. Should I politely talk to her about it, or should I discuss it with my husband? […]

  • VIDEO: Judy Lehmbeck and party and wedding trends

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

        Event Planner Judy Lehmbeck talks about parties and weddings on Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Back off my man

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    20-40-60 Etiquette: A reader writes the 20-40-60 Etiquette team with concerns over a woman who was overly aggressive in speaking with the reader’s husband during a cocktail party.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: June 22

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    Annie Oakley Society, Artist's Party, Opening Night, Birthday Trip, Pre-Wedding Parties, Luncheons

  • Marty Dillon and Mark Wilmes talk about Party Galaxy and July 4th on Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

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  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---You smell terrible!

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net.   YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Calllie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I was on a trip to Australia and took the bus to one of the points of interest. One woman who sat next to me reeked of offensive body odor. What […]

  • 20-40-60 etiquette: Offensive body odor presents etiquette conundrum

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The women of 20-40-60 answer your etiquette question. Clytie Bunyan has the guest answer

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: June 15

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    Boomerang Awards Banquet, Pool Party, WSGA Reception, Hefner Graduation Party, OFE Awards Banquet

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Time to pay up!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: I went to dinner and the movies with my friend. She forgot to bring her money and asked me to loan her $40. I did so. Time passed, and she did not offer to pay me back. Do […]

  • 20-40-60 etiquette: Should I mention a forgotten loan?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    If your friend forgets to repay a loan, should you mention it or write it off? The women of 20-40-60 advise.

  • Video: Parties, Extra! -- Ashley Bellet and Charlotte Franklin talk about Senior Follies 2014

    By Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Ashley Bellet and Charlotte Franklin talk about the upcoming Oklahoma Senior Follies 2014.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Was it a social slight?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: My husband and I recently hosted a couple’s shower for one of his work colleagues. We held a brunch in our home for more than a dozen people. Of course, my husband knew everyone. I did, too, except one couple. I had spoken to the wife […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---She thanked me for the wrong gift!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Calllie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: What if I got thanked for the wrong gift? This happened to me at Christmas and when I gave the same person a birthday gift this month. She wrote a thank you both times and both times it was for […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---New tipping question!

    Hellen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I’m a little confused about tipping. I understand tipping a waiter/waitress who delivers food and drinks. They do not prepare or purchase the items, but are compensated simply for their service. What I don’t understand is the tipping protocol when […]

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.:Sunday, June 1, 2014

    By Helen Ford Wallace, hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    50th Anniversary, Engagement Party, Birthday Party, 80th Anniversary, Picnic, Producer's Party, Brunch, Wine and Cheese, Mercy Party

  • VIDEO: Parties Extra!---Jan Peery and Caleb Everett talk about the Purple Sash Gala

    Hellen Ford Wallace | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    The YWCA and the Purple Sash Gala are topics on Parties Extra! this week.

  • Parties Extra! Video---Cathy Keating and the Annie Oakley Society Luncheon

    hsanger | Updated: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Cathy Keating talks about the Annie Oakley Society Luncheon on Parties Extra!

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties Etc.: May 25, 2014

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, May 25, 2014

    Wedding Party, Hall of Fame Luncheon, Past Presidents, Early American Glass, Gavel Club Tea, Book Signing, Launch Party

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Hostess had too much on her plate

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, May 19, 2014

    20-40-60 Etiquette: How do you handle a guest who seems to be thankless to her host.




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Parties Extra! Sat, Aug. 02 2014 10:20:29 AM CST Parties Extra ! Video---Jan Peery and Reggie Cook talk about the "Engaging Men" breakfast LINK @TheOklahoman @NewsOk
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Parties Extra! Mon, Jul. 28 2014 09:54:42 AM CST 20-40-60 Etiquette: The etiquette team and two guests answer reader's question. LINK @TheOklahoman @NewsOk #NewsOk
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