Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Mater's, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~







Saturday, June 25, 2016

Prayers For Vera!


I got word this morning that our classmate, Vera Marshall Brown, is in ICU on a ventilator at Merit Health River Region.  

Please keep her in your prayers at this time and will keep you updated.

May God be with you and bless you!


June 26 - Sunday:  I spoke with Andrea, Vera's daughter, and she told me that she is a little better but still sedated and on ventilator.  

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Visiting Classmate & Retreat Area


Yesterday, we took a road trip to Greenwood, Mississippi to visit our classmate, Ina Lott Whittington, who moved there last August. We all went out to eat at The Crystal Grill and had a great time. 

Left to right:  Myself, Marian Love Phillips, Sue McNamara Fowler, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado and Ina Lott Whittington. While there we road around Greenwood checking out a town with nine bridges crossing the Yazoo River. 

We also visited Locus Benedictus - "A Place of Blessing" which is a retreat area under construction.  I'm letting the pictures speak for themselves of this beautiful/peaceful place in the heart of Delta.  





  


  





Let Those Who Visit Here
Be Blessed With Joy, 
Peace, Love and Mercy.



Sunday, June 05, 2016

1950's Memories


Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan, or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me,

For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.




We learned to gut a muffler, we washed our hair at dawn,
We spread our crinolines to dry in circles on the lawn.

We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,
And Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one's seen him since.




We danced to 'Little Darlin,' and sang to 'Stagger Lee'
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.




And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me, Me.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice.




We didn't have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me, Me.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.




We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T,
And Oprah couldn't talk yet, in the Land That Made Me, Me.
We had our share of heroes, we never thought they'd go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.

For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me, Me.




We'd never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren't named Jefferson, and Zeppelins were not Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkeys lived in trees,
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me.




We'd never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they weren't grown in jars.

And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and 'gay' meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never co-ed in the Land That Made Me, Me.




We hadn't seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.

And Hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me, Me.



Buick's came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me, Me.




We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea

Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions in the Land That Made Me, Me.

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda , and cats were not called Bill.




And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me, Me.

But all things have a season, or so we've heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.
They send us invitations to join AARP,
We've come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me, Me.




So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they're using smaller print in magazines.
And we tell our children's children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me, Me.



If you didn't grow up in the fifty's, 
You missed the greatest time in history,
Hope you enjoyed this read as much as I did.  
 Thanks for the memories. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day ~ 2016

Wishing my classmates a thoughtful and respectful Memorial Day. 
Sunrise at Chimney Rock State Park, North Carolina.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Late Classmate's Son Passes Away Suddenly

Gary W. Yowan, passed away suddenly on May 18, 2016 at the age of 54. Beloved son of the late William E. and the late Marie Christine Braun Yowan (Class of 1959).  Loving brother of Sandy (Ed) Gulick and his late twin brother, Glenn.  Proud Uncle of Eddie, Tommy and Aunt Kaitlyn. Dear nephew of Diane Cassatly.

Visitation will be Friday 3-9 p.m. at the Wasik Funeral Home, Inc., 49150 Schoenherr Rd. (N. of 22 Mile Rd.) Shelby Twp.  Funeral service on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.wasikfuneralhome.com


A family picture taken a few years ago at Ocean Isle, NC, of our classmate Marie Braun Yowan who passed away January 19, 2016. Shown with Marie is her late husband, Bill, daughter, Sandy and son, Gary who passed away yesterday, May 18, 2016. 

Friday, May 06, 2016

Walt's Look Around MS: Sisters Of Mercy Convent

An article was published today by WLBT-TV's personality, Walt Grayson, about the Sisters of Mercy Convent that is in need of repairs.  Please check out the story below.


Sisters of Mercy Convent
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