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 Ann Love ~

Friday, July 20, 2018

Prayer For Our Class of 1959

My Dear Classmates,
Thinking of you and wanted to send out a prayer for our Class of 1959.
Father, we thank you for the wonderful times we have had at our reunions and looking forward to our 60th next year. Thank you for our friendships that have lasted forever. We seldom get to see each other but when we get together it’s like we were never apart. We feel just as close and connected now than as we did when we were teenagers. We truly love and care for each other and it is so great. We realize all of this comes from you. So, thank you, God.
Thank you for taking care of us. Thank you for blessing our families, our children, grandchildren and our great-grandchildren. We realize that everything good comes from you and we thank you, Lord.
Our classmates are gifted, talented and now retired. We are spread out from Mississippi to Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, California, Washington and from Virginia to Florida. Thank you for blessing our classmates with all these abilities and the contributions we have made. We know all these good things come from you. Thank you, Lord!
We are saddened because some of our classmates have passed away. Please bless and comfort their families. Thank you for the time we had with them. Also, for the classmates who are now having health issues, please bless them and keep us and our families healthy and safe.
Cover us with your protection. Send strong angels to guard our families. Help us to trust Jesus Christ, your Son, and bless us with faith to believe you, hope for the future, and love. Help us to love you and to love others as you love us. Bless us spiritually so that we are close to you. Bless us in every way and we will give you all the glory and thanks.
Lord, in less than a year, bring us all back together again for another reunion. The older we get the more important it becomes. Until then, we remember our 50th Year Class Reunion. We remember the smiles, the laughter, the hugs, the music, the stories – we remember it all and give you thanks for allowing us to grow up together and to be friends. So, bring us all back together next year. And then one day, take us all home to be with you. Please forgive all our sins and take every one of us to the big reunion you have planned for us in heaven.
 In Jesus Name, Amen!

Monday, July 09, 2018

Brother Julian Died on June 20, 2018

Julian Louis Gibbens, 105, of Edwards, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
Brother Julian was born May 17, 1913, in Hope Villa Sugar Cane Plantation, east of Baton Rouge, La., to William Benton Gibbens and Marie Moore Gibbens and was one of 10 children.
He served as a member of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart until 1967, teaching in many Catholic schools across America. Julian was renowned for believing in his students and pushing them hard to succeed. Throughout the years, former students traveled to visit Brother Julian and thank him for helping shape them into the men they are today. He remained a teacher until the very end, teaching his beloved grandchildren in the woods and swamps of Edwards.
Julian was an avid fisherman, master gardener, and chief storyteller. He held a deep love for his wife, Jerry Montgomery Gibbens that was evident to all who knew him.
Julian is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; eight brothers; two sisters; stepson, Lewis Montgomery; and grandson, Scott Mellon.
He is survived by his stepdaughter, Barbara Mellon; grandchildren, Allison Mellon, Lisa Maddox, Drew (Ally) Mellon, Angie (C.J.) Zadrozny, and Victor (Leigh) Montgomery; great-grandchildren include, Payton Maddox, Taylor and Whit Zadrozny, Molly, Mary Lewis, and Hattie Montgomery, and Bella, Anna Claire, Nash and Nadia Mellon.
Visitation was Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg, with services in Glenwood Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. with Father Tom Lalor officiating. Burial was in Edwards Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Gibbens, Mitt Gibbens, Cole Gibbens, Tom Gibbens, Victor Montgomery, Drew Mellon and C.J. Zadrozny.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Celebrating 57 Years Of Marriage Yesterday!

Saint Aloysius High School (Class of 1959) Louis "Sonny" Logue and his beautiful wife Wanda celebrating their 57th Wedding Anniversary yesterday.  Louis said it's been a blessed 57 years with 3 great children and 6 wonderful grandchildren.  Congratulations and Happy Anniversary you two!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Saint Francis Xavier Convent, ca 1868

Janie Fortenberry

Home of Sisters of Mercy, Vicksburg

The Sisters of Mercy contributed to the health, education, and spiritual well-being of the residents of Vicksburg since the arrival of six nuns in 1860.

The Cobb House (c. 1830) became their first home and a school for 70 students. During the Civil War, the Sisters closed the school to travel throughout Mississippi nursing both Union and Confederate soldiers.

After the war, the Sisters reopened the school and continued their ministry of nursing in the decades following, nursing the city's residents through several yellow fever epidemics. Their nursing contributions expanded over the years to include a nursing school and to culminate in the modern Mercy Hospital.

The Sisters continued to expand their spiritual mission by building a convent in 1868 to house their ever-growing number of nuns, a building that is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Mississippi.

The "Sisters’ School" also continued to expand with the construction of an auditorium in 1885 and an academy building in 1937.

The Sisters of Mercy have left a lasting legacy in Vicksburg.
[As it was in September 2015]

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 St. Aloysius/St Francis Alumni Banquet

Our 2018 St. Aloysius and St. Francis Alumni Banquet was held this past Saturday, April 28, 2018.  The social was at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. at Farrell Hall.  (Click on pictures to enlarge)

Myrtle Loviza (Class of 1959) and husband, Bobby Alvarado.

Michael Hosemann (Class of 1958) and myself, Marian Ann Love (Class of  1959)  I was so happy to see Michael after 10 long years.  He was my very first boyfriend in high school and we have remained friends all through the years. 

 Michael and I back in the 50's!

(Class of 1957) Wayne McMasters with his wife, Mary Nell, Mary Pat Booth Fulton, Linda Jones Styron and her husband, Rad and Shirley Farish.  

Beautifully decorated table and delicious food.  


St. Aloysius Hign School and Saint Francis Academy shields.

The Class of 2018 roll call.

Myrtle Loviza Alvarado, Billie Price Clarke and myself, Marian Ann Love.

Jeanette Jones Ring (Class of 1969) and husband, Charlie Ring (Class of 1968)

Class of 1958 classmates.

Class of 1958 with their spouses.

I took this picture Saturday night after our 2018 St. Aloysius/St. Francis Alumni Banquet of the Statue of Hebe, the Greek Goddess of Eternal Youth, holding a cup that drips water into the Bloom Fountain in the Vicksburg Memorial Rose Garden. The fountain was bequeathed in 1926 by Louis Bloom, a prominent Vicksburg businessman at a cost of $6,500 by Albert Weibian Granite Company of New Orleans. The Old Court House Museum can be seen in the distant which was a landmark during the Siege of Vicksburg in 1863. It was built in 1858.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

St. Aloysius/St. Francis Alumni Banquet & 59 Years

Our St. Aloysius/St. Francis Annual Alumni Banquet will be held this coming Saturday, April 28, 2018.  Mass will be at St. Paul Catholic Church at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm Social/7:00 pm Alumni Banquet at Farrell Hall. 

I'm looking forward to seeing my classmates and it will be 59 years since we graduated in the Class of 1959.  In the last 9 years, we have lost three of our classmates at St. Francis Xavier Academy;  Katherine Meyer Turcotte, Marie Braun Yowan, and Vera Marshall Brown.  We have lost four classmates from St. Aloysius; Roy "Skeeter" Turcotte, Larry Miller, Walter Little and Phillip Doiron.  May they all Rest In Peace.  

Next year we will celebrate our 60th Class Reunion.  I hope we will have a good turnout for both. 

Here is a video to cheer us up and I know we can't boogie like this anymore but we can enjoy watching others have a good time.   

Contact Kristi Smith, Director of Development & Alumni Affairs, at (601) 630-9762 or  Pay dues online at then click "Giving"
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