Longtime OKC liquor retail outlet proprietor celebrates 95th birthday

The sunlight poured in by the windows at the Linwood Offer Keep on June 18, its rays bouncing off glass bottles lining the shelves.

A group of loved ones users and pals gathered in the shop – smiling, laughing, chatting and having pictures with Imogene Naifeh, operator of the store.

They had been celebrating her 95th birthday.

The crowd made its way to the front of the home, around the register wherever Naifeh has rung up product sales of whiskey, bourbon, beer and wine for far more than 50 many years. Then they hugged the white-haired family members matriarch.

“Thank you so considerably, thank you,” she tells them. “God bless you.”

Couple of folks arrived at the retailer around downtown Oklahoma City that Friday early morning to obtain liquor. Instead, they came to pour out their hearts for Imogene.

“She’s cherished by everyone,” explained granddaughter Corie Naifeh, 20. “Everyone she’s ever satisfied just adores her. She’s so form and caring and sweet. ‘God bless you, Honey’ – that’s her phrase. 

“I hope a person working day I’m just like her.”

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‘She worked generally just about every day’

Imogene was born June 18, 1926, in Depew, the place she went to school during her early several years. Her family moved to Oklahoma Town when she was heading into the 7th quality.

Naifeh’s brothers opened the American Sweet Co. in 1945. In 1954, it grew to become the American Mutual Co. division shop. When her brothers ran the retail outlet, Imogene labored in the shoe department at John A. Brown, a further office retail store.