Lives well lived

Each year, TulsaPeople remembers some of its most distinctive citizens, special people who gave of themselves to make Tulsa a better place. Here are a few of these remarkable individuals as described by their colleagues, friends and family.



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Walter Helmerich III

Business leader and philanthropist; Jan. 23, 1923-Jan 10, 2012

The president of his family oil business, Helmerich & Payne, and owner of Utica Square shopping center, Walter Helmerich was not only a businessman, but also one of Tulsa’s most prominent philanthropists. Along with his wife, Peggy, he created the Helmerich Foundation, was a longtime advocate of the Tulsa Parks System and former chairman of the Tulsa Park and Recreation Board, as well as trustee for several arts, health and social service organizations. The Helmerich name graces numerous Tulsa-area charitable institutions.

“Walt Helmerich was a committed believer in Tulsa and the parks system. His actions underscored the seriousness of his support. He lived his life with an eye to nature. He spent his career working the earth for energy but never failed each step of the way to give his energy back to the earth. That’s why you don’t have to look far in Tulsa to see Walt Helmerich’s mark on a park.”

— Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett

Clydella Hentschel

Community volunteer; Feb. 13, 1936-June 19, 2012

Clydella Hentschel embodied the consum-mate volunteer. In 1992, she was the first woman to co-chair Tulsa’s United Way campaign, then co-chair the board the following year. She was a former president of the Saint Francis Auxiliary, president and board chairwoman for Children’s Medical Center, and a board member of the Hillcrest Medical Foundation, Hillcrest HealthCare System and the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Care Center. For some 35 years, she helped run the CMC gift shop and served on various boards of the American Diabetes Association. Among her recent interests was Hospitality House of Tulsa. 

“Clydella had great compassion for the oppressed and poor. She was my friend and mentor. The lessons I cherished the most were her lessons on faith, family and friendships. She was an amazing wife, devoted mother, proud grandmother and a friend to so many people. When you became friends with Clydella, you became lifelong friends. But it was her relationship with Christ that shined. She loved our Lord with all her being, in thought, in word and in deed. I’ll never forget her.”

Toni Moore, president and CEO, Hospitality House of Tulsa

Bob Hower

Tulsa’s first anchorman and “Waiting Child” founder; Dec. 20, 1924-Sept. 22, 2012

Although Bob Hower will go down in Tulsa’s media history as the city’s first anchorman, his greatest legacy will be the weekly series he began in 1980 for KTUL, “Waiting Child.” The award-winning segment focuses on children hoping for adoption. Through it, thousands of children have found homes. The longtime broadcaster began his career in 1949 as a newscaster at KOTV. After serving in the Korean War, he then spent 14 years in California and came to KTUL in 1969, retiring in 1986. Tulsans named him the Tulsa Centennial Homecoming King in 1997.

“He was the king of broadcast journalism and the newsroom in our community; the epitome of a handsome, diplomatic gentleman; a kind-spirited man with a wonderful voice. His voice had a tenderness you could feel when he spoke. He would carry that over when he lost his voice. People loved him so much they could overlook it because he was Bob Hower.” 

Beth Rengel, friend and former KTUL co-anchor 

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December 2018

RunnersWorld Tulsa presents the HALF and HALF or DOUBLE HALF December 9, 2018, 9:00AM. An event where you have the option of running a half marathon on either a trail or half marathon on a paved...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Turkey Mountain
6800 S. Elwood Ave
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Tulsa Riverparks Authority
Telephone: 918-596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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We’re serving up our new chef-inspired fondue and traditional brunch options like Alpine Benedict Cheese Fondue, French Toast Fondue, Avocado Fiesta Toast plus bottomless mimosas. Reserve...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
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Sponsor: The Melting Pot of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-299-8000
Contact Name: Alex Cooper
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FlyingTee is fun for the whole family and on Sundays, kids eat free! *Limit one free meal from the kids’ menu with each purchase of an adult entrée. Not valid on brunches or holidays.

Cost: Free with purchase

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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 The Baptist Children's Home, Owasso presents their children, in costume, portraying eight scenes from the life of Christ, beginning at the manger.  Each guest vehicle is given a CD...

Cost: free

Where:
Baptist Children's Home
12700 E. 76th St. North
Owasso, OK
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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Each year, TARC recognizes those who have provided outstanding service and advocacy for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities. There are thirteen categories for which nominees can be...

Cost: $50.00 per person

Where:
Marriott Hotel Southern Hills
1902 E 71st St.
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: TARC
Telephone: 918-582-8272
Contact Name: Barry Maxwell
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Enjoy lunch and a behind-the-scenes tour to learn how the Food Bank fights hunger in eastern Oklahoma by distributing the equivalent of 450,000 meals each week. You can help too. Food for...

Cost: No Cost

Where:
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
1304 N. Kenosha Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74106
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Sponsor: Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-936-4551
Contact Name: Regan Leake
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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Every Wednesday Live Event Trivia is at The Willows Family Ales - Show starts at 7 and is free to play! Movie scenes, Finish the Lyric, Classic Trivia, and more! The crew from T-Town Tacos will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Willows Family Ales
418 south peoria ave
tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Willows Family Ales
Telephone: (918) 895-6798
Contact Name: Julian Morgan
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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Local, Live Music at the The Willows Family Ales taproom EVERY Thursday at 7:30pm. Surprise food vendor to be announced SOON!! 11/1 ---- Eric Himan 11/8 ---- Wendy Nichol Hall 11/15---...

Cost: FREE!!

Where:
The Willows Family Ales
418 south peoria ave
418 South Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: The Willows Family Ales
Contact Name: Julian Morgan

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Tulsa's Monthly StorySlam is looking for people to come share their stories onstage in front of a live audience (18+, $5 Cover). No experience necessary and we need contestant/storytellers just...

Cost: 5

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Ok So Story Slam
Telephone: 918-596-2008
Contact Name: Ryan Howell
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Fish, fun, friends and stories! Join us for our own seaside story time. Ages 2-5, maximum of 35, available on a first come basis. Free with admission to the Aquarium.

Cost: Children under 3 FREE Kids (3-12) $11.95 Adults $15.95

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-296-FISH
Contact Name: Ann Money
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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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Philbrook Festival is back and better than ever! Enjoy the most beautiful place in Oklahoma during the most wonderful time of the year. The Museum comes alive with festive holiday events, Santa,...

Cost: $5/Philbrook Members, $15/Public, Free/17 & Under

Where:
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S. Rockford Rd.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Philbrook Museum of Art
Telephone: 918-748-5300
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This Hope in concert Friday, December 14th. Enjoy holiday favorites and timeless Christmas music from the acapella harmonies of This Hope.   Concert is free.   A love offering will be taken....

Cost: FREE

Where:
Eastwood Tulsa
948 S 91st E Ave
Tulsa, OK  74112
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Sponsor: Eastwood Tulsa
Telephone: 918-836-8686
Contact Name: Shirley Pittenger
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Collinsville is bringing back their popular Hometown Christmas variety show for a third year this December. There will be three performances this year: Friday, December 14 at 7:00 pm and Saturday,...

Cost: $15 adults, $10 seniors 55+, $5 kids 12 and under

Where:
Herron's Crown Opry Theater
1015 W Main Street
Collinsville
Collinsville, OK  74021
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Sponsor: Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 918-371-4703
Contact Name: Megan Edwards
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Tulsa Oratorio Chorus presents a cappella choral classics from the Russian repertoire including the sacred and secular compositions of Chesnokov, Grechaninov, Rachmaninov and more.  

Cost: $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 students

Where:
Holy Family Cathedral
122 W 8th St
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: Tulsa Oratorio Chorus
Telephone: 405-388-7990
Contact Name: Hayley Wheeler
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Songs for a New World music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown directed by Karlena Riggs It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice…...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Studio 308
308 S. Lansing
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: American Theatre Company
Telephone: (918) 747-9494
Contact Name: Meghan Hurley
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We’re serving up our new chef-inspired fondue and traditional brunch options like Alpine Benedict Cheese Fondue, French Toast Fondue, Avocado Fiesta Toast plus bottomless mimosas. Reserve...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
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Sponsor: The Melting Pot of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-299-8000
Contact Name: Alex Cooper
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Santa is trading reindeer for rotors on Saturday, December 15! Come greet him as he arrives at the museum, his arrival time is scheduled for 11 a.m.! TASM will provide an area for you to share...

Cost: Free - $15

Where:
Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium
3624 North 74th East Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74115
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Sponsor: Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium
Telephone: 918-834-9900
Contact Name: Kevin
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Christmas is almost here. Bring the entire family to enjoy cookies with Santa provided by Broken Arrow Parks and Recreation. Dress up and take photos with Santa. This event is free. Spread the word.

Cost: FREE

Where:
Nienhuis Park Community Center
3201 North 9th Street
Broken Arrow
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Where: Capital Homes at Morrow Place Model Home: 12220 North 131st East Avenue, Collinsville, Oklahoma 74021 When: Saturday, December 15, 12pm - 2pm Notes: Free and open to the public...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Capital Homes at Morrow Place Model Home
12220 North 131st East Avenue, Collinsville, Oklahoma 74021
Morrow Place is located on 129th E Ave, between 116th St N and 126th St N.
Collinsville, OK  74021
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Sponsor: Capital Homes Residential Group, LLC
Telephone: 918-630-9633
Contact Name: Amanda Connolly
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Reconnect with family and friends in the garden illuminated with colorful lights. Make s'mores over fire pits, enjoy holiday music and take in the spirit of the season in our magical garden...

Cost: Tickets are $15 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 3-12, Children 2 and under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden

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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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Collinsville is bringing back their popular Hometown Christmas variety show for a third year this December. There will be three performances this year: Friday, December 14 at 7:00 pm and Saturday,...

Cost: $15 adults, $10 seniors 55+, $5 kids 12 and under

Where:
Herron's Crown Opry Theater
1015 W Main Street
Collinsville
Collinsville, OK  74021
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Sponsor: Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 918-371-4703
Contact Name: Megan Edwards
Website »

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Songs for a New World music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown directed by Karlena Riggs It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice…...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Studio 308
308 S. Lansing
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: American Theatre Company
Telephone: (918) 747-9494
Contact Name: Meghan Hurley
Website »

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As the song SHOULD say, "There's no place like the pH Community House for the holidays!" With the holidays approaching, what better way to entertain the family and guests than to spend the evening...

Cost: $8.00 ($4.00 for children under 12)

Where:
pH Community House
306 South Phoenix Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Laughing Matter Improv
Contact Name: Jerry Henderson
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