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Alice Hope Mackey Berry

Submitted by Jane Berry Marcellus

Born on a farm near Okemah in 1918, Alice Mackey moved to Oklahoma City in 1935. Unable to attend college because of the Great Depression, she paid her way through secretarial school with money earned managing her family's pecan crop. She worked for Renard's Linoleum & Rug Co., which named her "Runner-Up for Man of the Year" in a national competition in 1954. In 1955, she married Charles Berry, a traveling salesman from Tennessee, and in 1956, their daughter Jane was born. Later, she worked as a legal secretary for attorney J. Harry Johnson at the state Dept. of Human Services and earned a Legal Assistant certificate at the OU Law Center. She took up ballroom dancing in her late 50s and danced until she was 87. She passed away in 2007.

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