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---Shall I ask her dad?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    To ask an etiquette question, email Helen- - - hfsok@aol.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I am going to ask my girlfriend to marry me soon. Am I supposed to ask her dad for her hand in marriage? Or is that an out-of-date custom?   CALLIE’S ANSWER: Absolutely you need to ask her dad first. It is a wonderful tradition and a huge sign of respect. Best wishes!!   LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: I like this tradition, even if it seems like it’s not necessary.

  • Sheli Adler and Kris Dane---What's Cooking---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sun, May 1, 2016

    [brightcove]4858273228001[/brightcove] Sheli Adler and Kris Dane talk about the dessert menu from What's Cooking on Parties Extra!

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: May 1, 2016

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    President's Ball, Show House Party, Oklahoma Dental Association Dinner, Tri Delta Luncheon,

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: April 24, 2016

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    Junior League Sustainers Luncheon, Birthday Party, Pi Phi Luncheon, Esther Women Luncheon, Art Exhibit

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: April 17, 2016

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    Gala, Reception, Dinner, Luncheon, Before Party

  • Shane Jewell and Maggie Clayton---Oklahoma City Ballet and the Ballet Ball---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    [brightcove]4827270526001[/brightcove] Maggie Clayton, Ballet Ball Co-Chairman, and Shane Jewell, Ballet Oklahoma Executive Director,  talk about the Ballet Ball and the Oklahoma City Ballet on Parties Extra!

  • Can I walk my dog at the cemetery?---20-40-60 Etiquette

    By Callie Athey,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: This morning I saw a woman, dressed for an exercise walk, with a dog on a leash entering Rose Hill Cemetery. This was shortly after the cemetery opened its gates on NW 63. The scene struck me as insensitive and in poor taste.  I do not know if this activity violates a rule of the property owners. What do you think?  CALLIE'S ANSWER: Everyone mourns differently and handles situations differently. Try to be mindful that maybe this woman is seeking peace or solace by walking by a loved one's grave. Find comfort that those buried at Rose Hill Cemetery are getting visitors.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: April 3, 2016

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 3, 2016

    Birthday Party, Honoree Reception, Easter Lunch

  • Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver and Carey Sue Vega---Junior League of Oklahoma City---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Wed, Mar 30, 2016

    [brightcove]4820341252001 [/brightcove] Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver and Carey Sue Vega talk about the  Legacy and Legends Luncheon and the Junior League of Oklahoma City on Parties Extra! Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver and Carey Sue Vega. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 27

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Mar 27, 2016

    Charter 35 Luncheon, Town Hall Dinner, Art Show, Alpha Gamma Delta Dessert

  • Misti McClellan, Holly Johns Rowland, Melissa Walton---Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Wed, Mar 23, 2016

    [brightcove]4807555603001[/brightcove] Misti McClellan, Holly Johns Rowland and Melissa Walton talk about the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma on Parties Extra! (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 20

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Mar 20, 2016

    Welcome Home Party, Honorary Chariman Honored, OU Law Hall of Fame Ceremony, Birthday Party, State Conference

  • LeAnn Harmon, Deanna Pendleton and Panhellenic Women of the Year Luncheon---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Thu, Mar 17, 2016

    [brightcove]4802394321001[/brightcove] LeAnn Harmon and Deanna Pendleton talk about the Greater Oklahoma City Panhellenic Association and Women of the Year Luncheon on Parties Extra! LeAnn Harmon and Deanna Pendleton.

  • Thanks, but no thanks! 20-40-60 Etiquette

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Mar 14, 2016

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!  By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I have lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes this comes up in conversation upon learning the other person has one of these or similar. I have had both friends who are aware of my medical conditions and complete strangers (people I have met at parties, etc.) tell me I am doing terrible things to my body by taking medications. They have each insisted upon their own version of treatment – the pink stuff, the wrap, going gluten free, dairy free, etc.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 13, 2016

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Mar 13, 2016

    OMRF Reception, Retirement Party, Orchestra League Event, Reception for Travelers

  • Five spring fashion trends and five fall fashion trends from Cindi Shelby at RMeyers---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Mar 12, 2016

    [brightcove]4794067423001[/brightcove] Cindi Shelby from RMeyers talks about spring and fall fashion on Parties Extra! Paige Dillard, Parties Extra! Producer, and Cindi Shelby from RMeyers. (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

  • Sebastian Junger to speak at Literary Voices Dinner---Catherine Armitage and Karen Delaney---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Mar 7, 2016

    [brightcove]4785068030001[/brightcove] Catherine Armitage and Karen Delaney talk about the Literary Voices Dinner on Parties Extra! Catherine Armitage, Karen Delaney.

  • Helen Ford Wallace; Parties, Etc.; March 6, 2016

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Mar 6, 2016

    Leadership Oklahoma Gala, Oscar Party, Junior League Sustainer Party, February Birthdays, Panhellenic Tea, Sorority Event

  • VIDEO: Cher Golding, Graham Colton, Cindy Colton---Red Tie Night---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Thu, Feb 25, 2016

    [brightcove]4764781108001[/brightcove] Cher Golding, Graham Colton, Cindy Colton talk about Red Tie Night on Parties Extra! Dave Morris, Cindy Colton, Cher Golding, Graham Colton.

  • VIDEO: Patti Mellow, Michael Pone and Gina Bramlett---Dance Makers Studio---Oklahoma Challenge Ballroom Dance Competition---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sun, Feb 21, 2016

    [brightcove]4763690772001[/brightcove] Patti Mellow, Michael Pone and Gina Bramlett talk about the Oklahoma Challenge Ballroom dance competition and Dance Makers on Parties Extra! Paige Dillard, Michael Pone, Patti Mellow, Gina Bramlett.




Parties Extra! Mon, May. 02 2016 03:38:15 PM CST 20-40-60 Etiquette---Shall I ask her dad? https://t.co/Bauq8ILdFz @TheOklahoman #NewsOk
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Parties Extra! Sat, Apr. 09 2016 07:37:12 AM CST RT @okcballet: PeterPan was flying around the Oklahoma River! Next he will fly on the Civic Center stage April 15-17! PC Rocky Chen https:/
Parties Extra! Fri, Apr. 08 2016 07:28:52 AM CST RT @bennett_lostkid: Hey FRESHMEN! Vote ELLA tomorrow! Hey SOPHOMORES! Vote BENNETT tomorrow! #brinkmans
Parties Extra! Thu, Apr. 07 2016 12:49:04 PM CST Shane Jewell and Maggie Clayton---Oklahoma City Ballet and the Ballet Ball---Parties Extra! https://t.co/wYzZ6YIpEU @TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Mon, Apr. 04 2016 02:32:15 PM CST Can I walk my dog at the cemetery?---20-40-60 Etiquette https://t.co/5nSYdIgiNX @TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Mon, Apr. 04 2016 07:52:59 AM CST 20-40-60 etiquette: Is walking a pet in a cemetery a grave mistake? https://t.co/n3YwGJAxgX @TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Sun, Apr. 03 2016 08:28:45 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace's Parties, Etc. for April 3, 2016 https://t.co/hCYcwKTBCw #NewsOk @TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Sat, Apr. 02 2016 02:38:45 PM CST RT @PartyGalaxy: Having a Sweet 16 Party We've got everything you need! #partygalaxy #sweet16 #birthdayparty #partysupplies https://t.co/W…
Parties Extra! Wed, Mar. 30 2016 09:56:27 AM CST Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver and Carey Sue Vega---Junior League of Oklahoma City---Parties Extra! https://t.co/geg7i7yCJp @NewsOk @TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Sun, Mar. 27 2016 08:38:46 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 27 https://t.co/YgvdNFWWc3 #NewsOk @TheOklahoman
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Parties Extra! Wed, Mar. 23 2016 08:34:31 AM CST Misti McClellan, Holly Johns Rowland, Melissa Walton---Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma---Parties Extra! https://t.co/8SY4iv1xpv #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Sun, Mar. 20 2016 10:02:07 PM CST RT @_davemorris: Words from @kdtrey5, his mother Wanda, @russwest44 at #KDCF event. @ErikHorneOK files this: https://t.co/QCvJbVIvft https:
Parties Extra! Sun, Mar. 20 2016 08:04:01 AM CST Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: March 20 https://t.co/bX04wbXDYT @TheOklahoman #NewsOk
Parties Extra! Thu, Mar. 17 2016 12:01:41 PM CST LeAnn Harmon, Deanna Pendleton and Panhellenic Women of the Year Luncheon---Parties Extra! https://t.co/V1oSwbfwuN #NewsOk @TheOklahoman
Parties Extra! Mon, Mar. 14 2016 04:15:42 PM CST Thanks, but no thanks! 20-40-60 Etiquette @TheOklahoman #NewsOk

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