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Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.: June 23

50th Anniversary Dinner, Prix de West Party, Receptions, Boomerang Awards Dinner, Kitchen Shower, deadCENTER Opening Party,
by Helen Ford Wallace Modified: June 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm •  Published: June 23, 2013


Dinner: In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, Jan and Richard Smith were honored at a dinner by their three sons and daughters-in-law. Hosts were Melissa and Preston Smith, Aubri and Spencer Smith and Casey and Martin Smith.

The buzz: A gold and white theme was used with gold overlay tablecloths, white china, gold chargers and gold-rimmed wine glasses. White hydrangeas, peonies and calla lilies were the centerpieces. Guests wrote their favorite Bible verse on decorated sheets of paper which were put in a new Bible, then presented by the hosts. Different stages of their lives together were represented by displays of Richard's original M.D. bag and brain model, ostrich eggs, a glider airplane, teatime with the grandchildren, motorcycle, Czech cut-glass perfume bottle collection, violin, banjo and oil paintings.

Video: A running video of pictures from 50 years was shown to the 180 guests.

Music: Kyle Dillingham played the fiddle for the couple and then his band, Horseshoe Road, played the rest of the evening.

Testimony: After toasts and introductions, Jan and Richard spoke of the secret to their marriage: “A marriage united and built around God's love, open honest communication, holding hands, saying I love you and being kind to each other.”

Menu: Prime rib, crab cakes, a whipped potato bar as well as wedding cake were served. Guests took home gold M&Ms with the Smiths' names on them.

The next day: The Smiths entertained 40 out-of-town guests and relatives for brunch.

Seen: Kay and Gates Oliver, Sharon and John Bozalis, Mary and Gary England, Kay and Mike Smith, Nancy and Bob Ellis, Sherry and Gary Strebel, Cheryl and Tom Hewett, Andrea and Johnnie Jones, Anne and Barry Gray, Jody and Larry Kerr, SoRelle Fitzgerald, Betty and Hershal Crow, Clara and Chuck Engles, Sandra and Emory Reynolds, Elizabeth and Stan Alexander, Sandy and Bob Reichert, Deb and Mark Johnson, Judie and Brad Duncan, Jerry Johnson, Dianne and Gerald Smith, Marian and Jeff Jacobson.


Event: Susan and Peter Hoffman were hosts for a dinner party in their home for the Prix de West artists and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum board members. The dinner followed the Prix de West Preview Party.

Party-goers: Guests included Jeanetta and Everett Dobson, Cathy and Frank Keating, Larry Nichols, Chris and Whitt Lee, Kathi and Chuck Schroeder, Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson, Alison and Scott Calhoun, Russell Case, Len Chmiel, Jeremy Lipking, Josh Elliott and Sherrie McGraw.


Dedication/reception: Bobbie Burbridge Lane donated a life-sized marble statue of the biblical “Ruth” by R. Romanelli Fiernze, 1911, to Oklahoma City University. It was from the Burbridge Foundation's Collection of Art and the plaque read, “In honor of Mrs. Lane's best friend/sister of 50 years, Justice Yvonne Kauger.” “I am giving the art to OCU to honor people for their help, strength, courage, influence, teaching ... but mainly unconditional love, which has made it possible for me to do in my life what I feel God has asked me to do.” Lane honored Kauger because of her help with projects such as Lane's work with families and divorce, drugs, pornography and feeding and re-energizing seniors with the Senior Follies and Mobile Meals. “I am as sure as I possibly can be that, the unconditional love and the strength of her standing by my side, has been paramount all these years of accomplishing my projects. She put a steel shaft up my back when I needed it,” Lane said. Sixty friends gathered to hear about the honor. Mike Anderson gave the history of Ruth.

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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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