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Groom entered Southern Methodist University wanting to be in journalism. She recalled being especially interested in advertising and graphic art.
“I was into Pagemaker and Adobe, which was kind of new and exciting at the time,” she said. “I took that trip to Mexico and everything got flipped upside-down.”
Not quite everything.
Groom still looks at things with an artist’s eye. Now, however, she turns her artistry to her home.
“I like to put together a room,” she said.
She mounted and framed many of the pictures she took from her travels.
“Viva’s sold my pictures for a while,” Groom said, referring to a women’s clothing store that was in Muskogee. “They were pictures from Paris of the Arc de Triomphe.”
Rooms in Groom’s house show various aspects of her life. Each room has its own color. A bathroom is in black and white. The front living room is gray. The dining room is a deep red. The kitchen is yellow with one orange wall. The inside hall brightens things up with turquoise – “my favorite color,” she said.
She also has a collection of crosses from her travels. She has so many that friends have begun giving her crosses. She puts a note on each one as a reminder of the giver.
HOW DID YOU BECOME AN OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE?
“My parents were both born here. When I came back from the Youth With a Mission, I came here because that’s where my family was. This will always be family headquarters — Muskogee, America.”
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT MUSKOGEE?
“A sense of community. I lived in New York City, and what I liked were its small communities. Everyone has a story here. Plus, it’s home. I spent every Christmas of my life here. I like having four seasons.”
WHAT WOULD MAKE MUSKOGEE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?
“If people would stay more local. If people put more into the community. More people need to come home, need to come back.”
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING IN MUSKOGEE?
Family/victim advocate at Kids’ Space.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
“What else can I do, basically make a little bit of a difference. I read a lot, spend time with my friends. I like movies, shopping.”
WHAT OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE DO YOU ADMIRE?
“My grandfather Bill Ricketts. He is the American Dream. He came from nothing and made a life for himself and his family. He is the most generous person I have ever known.”
WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU IN MUSKOGEE?
“The friends I have made, and the relationships, especially in my work . My work is my life.”
HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP MUSKOGEE IN 25 WORDS OR LESS?
“I think it’s cozy.”