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---Back to school in a belly shirt? No!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    QUESTION : I am a high school senior girl in Oklahoma City. I try to look my best every day. Do you have any ideas on what I can do for self- improvement? Should I always try to wear the new styles I see in magazines or in the newspaper? Should I continue to try […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Should I visit my work friend in the hospital?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net. To submit a question, email helen.wallace@cox.net. YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! QUESTION: My colleague is in the hospital. Do I mail her a card from our department? Do I go to visit? Are there rules I should follow since we are work friends? Any ideas? CALLIE’S ANSWER: […]

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Sept. 14

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Mexican Fiesta, Birthday Parties, 50th Wedding Anniversary Dinner,

  • Parties Extra! Video---Susie Fuller, Susan Coit and Christian Boone talk about Chi Omega's Fashion for a Passion

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Chi Omegas are hosting Fashion for a Passion event at Ck & Co. to benefit Hearts for Hearing.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Help, I'm the best man!

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    I am the best man in my best friend’s wedding. What are my duties?

  • Parties Extra! Video---Christine Eddington and the Myriad Gardens activities for fall

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    [brightcove]3770011141001[/brightcove] Christine Eddington talks about the Myriad Botanical Gardens and activities on Parties Extra!

  • Parties Extra! Video---Interview with Cindy Hoehner, owner of 1 Smart Cookie

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

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  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Aug. 31

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Reception in Utah, Bedlam Dinner, Party in the Park, Farewell Event,

  • 20/40/60 Etiquette: Should I send flowers?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    20/40/60 Etiquette: The women of 20-40-60 make recommendations on whether or not to visit a sick colleague in the hospital. The Oklahoman Features Editor Matt Price has the guest answer.

  • Parties Extra! Video---Cattle Baron's Ball is September 19th

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Devyn Smith, Carrie Mayes and Kevin Ducey talk about the Cattle Baron’s Ball and the American Cancer Society on Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---So sorry

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

     YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!  By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: How do you feel about offering a condolence message about a death via email? Yvette Walker has the guest answer.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Aug. 17

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Dance Club, Birthday Party, National Honor, Advisory Dinner

  • Parties Extra!---Jane Kelly, owner and manager of JJ Kelly Bridal Salon talks about debutante dresses, bridal dresses and party dresses

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

      Jane Kelly and Helen Ford Wallace talk about beautiful dresses on Parties Extra!     janekellyweddingandparties.com jjkellybridal.com idoappointments.com  

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Settle down!

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: We just returned from a long overseas trip. After an already-long day, we got to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport for a several-hour layover until our Oklahoma City flight. The waiting room was very crowded. A group of six apparently […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Where are your manners?

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    QUESTION: We just returned from a long overseas trip. After an already-long day, we got to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport for a several-hour layover until our Oklahoma City flight. The waiting room was very crowded. A group of six apparently unsupervised preteens was turning cartwheels, dancing in the aisles and shrieking across the room to each other. Emboldened by the glares and eye-rolling of other passengers, and knowing the mother would want someone to intervene, I approached the girls. I was shocked to find that two of the ones who appeared to be preteens were actually mothers of the others. Having gotten that far, I simply asked that they lower the decibel level and refrain from activities that might hurt others, as I

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Move along!

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

      YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! Editor’s note: The 20-40-60 Etiquette team is happy to have Joe Hight, editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette, as our guest. He was instrumental in getting this column started several years ago when he was director of information and development at The Oklahoman/NewsOK and he also answered questions […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Check-out counter slowpoke causes frustration

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman and Helen Ford Wallace, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    A customer writes the 20-40-60 ladies to complain about a poky fellow shopper who reconciles her checkbook at the checkout stand.

  • Parties Extra ! Video---Jan Peery and Reggie Cook talk about the YWCA, the "Engaging Men Breakfast" and the new labyrinth and the new shelter

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

        Jan Peery and Reggie Cook talk about the YWCA’s Engaging Men Breakfast on Parties Extra!

  • Parties Extra! Video---Chris Lower and Kathryn Mathis talk about food, food trucks and parties!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

      Helen catches up with Chris Lower and Kathryn Mathis and Big Truck Tacos and Mutt’s on Parties Extra!

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: I'll bring the fruit!

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Editor’s note: Today we invited two guests to add to the 20-40-60 team’s answers. Questions about co-hosting parties have come up before, and we think it is important that all hosts participate together in party planning, especially since they are coming together to honor a mutual friend. Readers, let us know what you think. QUESTION: My friend has a very demanding job that has never allowed her to do much outside of the work realm. Consequently, she has never developed an understanding of how to host social events. She has compensated by buying a food platter, bringing drinks or contributing money when needed. Yet when it comes to actually planning the details, she is clueless. I, on the other hand, have lots of




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Parties Extra! Mon, Dec. 08 2014 01:21:31 PM CST Holiday 20-40-60 Etiquette---I'm a vegan---Any holiday recipes? LINK #NewsOK @TheOklahoman
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Parties Extra! Sun, Nov. 30 2014 09:14:30 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: Nov. 30 LINK #NewsOK @TheOklahoman
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