Margery Mayo Bird
The Mayo hotel was her father’s hotel. Co-founded in the 1920s by Tulsa businessman John D. Mayo and his brother Cass, The Mayo Hotel was the place where all of Tulsa’s grand parties were held and where movie stars and other celebrities stayed while in town. The hotel also served as residence to notable oilmen of the era, including J. Paul Getty.
Once the tallest building in Oklahoma, the hotel originally had 600 rooms. Ceiling fans were in each room and Tulsa’s first running water made the hotel a haven from summer heat.
The sister of Burch Mayo, Margery graduated from Holland Hall in Tulsa, attended Connecticut College for Women and graduated from Erskine School in Boston.
In Tulsa she had long standing commitments to the Arts and Humanities Council, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Opera and Tulsa Ballet.
Her contributions included three arts-related endowments at Tulsa University and donations toward construction of the Mayo Village student apartments. TU recognized Margery in 1999 with its Distinguished Service Award. She was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame in 2002.
Margery was 95 when she died August 29, 2012. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Don Feagin; their son John Donald Feagin; her second husband, Jim Bird; and her brother, Burch Mayo.
This interview was conducted in her home on December 9, 2009.
Interview with Margery Mayo Bird
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: December 9, 2009
Date Published: October 3, 2012
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.