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 ~

Thursday, April 30, 2009

My Sincere Thanks!

Marian Love Phillips '59 ~ Thanks to ALL my classmates who sent me their information for our memory booklet/blog. Without your help, I could not have pulled it all together. To Anita Zorn Hossley and Pam Guchereau Melsheimer (Class of 1958) who gave me ideas. To Julie Walker (Vera's daughter) for helping me make the master copies so I could transfer the information to form our booklets. Also, for the name tags that Vera coordinated with her daughter to make them look professionally done. To Vera; my daughter, Kathleen; and Patty Mekus, Alumni coordinator, for helping me assemble our booklets. To our steering committee, Catherine and Roy Turcotte, Vera Brown, Sue McNamara, Jackie Doiron, Myrtle Alvarado, Ina Whittington, Phillip Doiron, and Louis Logue, who all worked diligently to make our 50th class reunion a success. To Louis and Vera who graciously made the responses for our classes and to Ed for being our proud guest speaker at the banquet. Most of all, I want to thank you for coming and making our reunion both memorable and successful. I, myself, will always treasure our fun and spiritual moments together. May God Bless each and every one of you. See you in five years!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thank You's

Paul Booth '59 ~ Marian, convey my thanks to you and to all who contributed time and effort in the planning, communication and organization of our 50th reunion. It was, for me, an enjoyable and especially meaningful walk among the memories and faces that were so much a part of my early developing years. I have already gleaned many good reflections and anticipate that there are more to come.

I wish all of us and our families the favor and goodness of God as we continue to live out our lives and His grace finish them well.

Juliet Weber and Bill Adams '59 ~ To All of the group in Vicksburg who worked to make this weekend such and enjoyable time,a simple thank you seems small for all you did. I do not believe any other class will be able to top this celebration. Thanks for making this such a fun weekend. Julie and I will remember this for a long time.

Walter Little '59 ~ I want to echo what Bill has said. I have never heard of a reunion that was so much fun, and I cannot imagine how much work it was to put it all together. The blog was responsible for the remarkable turnout, I think. The long-distance travelers were a testament to loyalty. The icebreaker did just that, and the picnic was a very rewarding chance to trade life-stories and lessons learned, not to mention perfectly grilled burgers and a wonderful place for the children. It was especially heartening to see how much so many have blossomed. As for me, I was glad not to be scared of the girls anymore, and you all remain as beautiful in my eyes as you were in '59. May God smile on all my classmates, and especially on those who put so much thought and labor into making this a perfect weekend, for you were and are a special blessing to us all. With deep appreciation,

Robert Witty '59 ~ How do I top Bill, Walter and Paul with their comments. The event was great and a special thank you goes to all the folks who made this reunion possible including spouses who helped. We need to think about another reunion in about 5 years and Philip can cook the food once again. Everything was very nice starting with Friday night. Marian with her blog has been special in updating all of us on activities for everyone. Thanks to Louis, Mandy, and Eddie for their contributions at the banquet. Good health and God bless all of you and your families.

George Evans '59 ~ I'm not sure exactly what I expected out of the 50th but I join Bill, Walter, Paul and Robert in thanking you and the Vicksburg women plus Sonny in far exceeding whatever expectations I had. You out did yourselves with the work that had to be involved to let us out of townees just show up and enjoy. Thank you so much. Carol and I regret that we missed the Saturday evening events but know a great time was had by all. I will properly castigate Hennessey when I next see him. But I doubt if it will do any good. I may be getting overly sentimental with the aging process, but I experienced a spiritual aspect in my time with ya"ll on Friday and Saturday. There was some foolishness which was great fun, but also some deep peace and solace in the remembrances and just in the faces and smiles and mannerisms that will stay with me a long while. Thank you all for that. Carol, who is quite sensitive and intuitive which has been enhanced by her social work training and career, commented repeatedly about the beautiful quality of the visiting and the fun she had in getting to know many of you. That's a compliment in what can be an awkward situation for a spouse in such a situation. Thanks for that as well. I would support Robert in five year renewals if there is interest in the group. Gob bless and keep you all in His love and goodness until the next time.

Marlene Caston '59 ~ Marian, I too join the guys in thanking everyone who had a part in making our 50th Reunion a memorial event. It was a very special occasion and reflected a lot of effort by the Vicksburg group. A special thanks to you for keeping us all informed. Well done and thanks! It was wonderful seeing old friends again, meeting their spouses, sharing information about children and grandchildren and of course reminiscing about the good old days. I will treasure this past weekend for a long time to come and would certainly make every effort to attend another reunion in 5 years.

Dickie and Debra Matherne ~ Debra and I would like to express our appreciation to all of the reunion committee. All of your hard work made this 50th reunion a memorable occasion. To be included in this event was an honor. I know that we can not live in the past, but it was fun to go back...if only for a short time. To all those that I had the privilege to share those special years at St. Aloysius I say thank you. I hope we meet again. May God Bless each of you and your families.

Karen and Larry Miller '59 ~ I join my fellow classmates and congratulate all who, through their tireless efforts, planned, organized, and executed such a flawless schedule of two day events. Karen and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. I agree with Robert and George on having a reunion every 5 years. In closing, I say, "Thanks, to all of you". Until next time!

Jack Baker '59 ~ Dear Marian, Thanks again for a wonderful reunion celebration. I felt very happy to be among so delightful a group of men and women again after all these years. Particular thanks to the steering committee, Catherine and Roy Turcotte, Vera Brown, Sue McNamara, Jackie Doiron, Myrtle Alvarado, Ina Whittington and you for the most important Class of 1959 Blog. It made sharing our lives easier and fun. Thanks also to Phillip Doiron and Louis Logue. Phillip's BBQ was highly edible and Sonny's photo show a treat for all. Another reunion in five years would be just as much fun or more. May all be well and happy.

Ivan Cunningham '59 ~ Dot and I both want to congratulate all of the people who worked beyond the call of duty to put on such a great celebration of our 50 years of life after graduation. It could not have been such a great success without the hard work and planning by those who still live in Vicksburg or who came to Vicksburg to help in the event. Marian, you were very instrumental in creating the excitement in your/our Blog. Myrtle, Sue, Vera, Ina, Katherine and Skeeter, Jackie, Louis and I'm certain that I have left some of you out and I am very sorry for that. All of you worked very hard and it showed in the turn out. IT WAS VERY MUCH FUN!!! Thank you Phillip and all of your cooking crew for cooking those delicious hamburgers and hot dogs. It was great to see Dickie Matherne and Brother Cecil again. Sincerely, Ivan & Dot Cunningham

Rosalye Wilkerson Baldwin '59 ~ Thank you for sending the reunion book to me.....although I didn't deserve to get it. I have enjoyed reading about all our classmates and regret that I didn't get to see them in person. Forgive me for not letting you know that I wouldn't be able to make it. Was in charge of a bridal shower for our pastor's daughter on Saturday among other things. Know you all enjoyed being there and sorry I couldn't make it.
Rosalye ~
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.Psalm 91:1

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

One Last Visit

Jim and Kay Simms

George and Vera Brown

Bobby and Myrtle Alvarado

Ina Lott Whittington and Sue McNamara Fowler

Kay Hess Simms and myself, Marian Love Phillips

I was invited to go to Walnut Hills Restaurant last night for one last visit before Kay and Jim Simms were to leave today for Natchez, MS and onto New Orleans, LA, to catch their flight back home to California. We really had a great time visiting and sharing the highlights of our wonderful 50th Class Reunion. My only regret now is not having a group picture taken after our banquet Saturday night. At least we have our blog and I will be posting more pictures of our reunion as I get them from our classmates who said they would be emailing them to me. I do encourage everyone to leave comments. We are talking about having another reunion five years from now. That would be a good thing!

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Alumni Banquet

My brother, Marion "Buster" Love, Jr., and myself, Marian Love Phillips after Mass.

Roy and Katherine Turcotte getting in line for our St. Al/SFXA Alumni Banquet.

Billie Marie Clark, Rita Martin Holland and myself, Marian Love Phillips, waiting in line.

Bonnie Smith Terry, Juliet Weber, Bill Adams' friend, Chuck and Theresa and back of Sue McNamara Fowler, Marlene and Butch Caston.

Walter Little, Phillip Doiron, Wanda Logue and back of Loren "Larry" Miller.

Albert "Mickey" Sullivan, III

Judy and Eddie Habert and Paul and Peggy Booth

Reverend P. J. Curley, Pastor of St. Michael Parish and Reverend Patrick Farrell, Pastor of St. Paul's Parish.

Butch and Marlene Caston

Andrea Kelly Hughes '58, Theresa Kitowski, myself, Marian Phillips and Myrtle Alvarado.

Back of Harold and Wanda Logue, Tanya Truelove, her mother, Bonnie Smith Terry, George Brown, Vera Brown and Sue McNamara.

Bob and Sally Witty sitting with me at the table.

Chelsea McCain Whitten, '96 ~ President, Alumni Association

Vera Marshall Brown, giving a response from St. Francis Xavier Academy.

Louis "Sonny" Logue, giving a response from St. Aloysius.

Chief Administrator of Vicksburg Catholic School ~ Principal of St. Francis, Jennifer Henry.

Our guest speaker, Dr. Edward "Ed" Habert, '59 classmate.

2009 St. Al/SFXA Alumni Program

(Click on program to enlarge)

The Classes of 2009 and 1959 attended the 5:30 Mass at Saint Michael's Catholic Church on Saturday afternoon. The Reverend P. J. Curley was celebrant. Some members of both classes were lay ministers, lector/commentators and gift bearers. The alter flowers were given in memory of our deceased members of the St. Aloysius and Saint Francis Xavier Academy Classes of 1959: Eddie Crevitt, Joe Lindigrin, Jackie Mackey, Lynn Stegall Houserman, Patsy McNamara LeBlanc and Margaret McCormack Tice. Afterwards, we all went to the Parish Hall adjoining the church to celebrate.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Picnic At KC Home

George Evans talking to Roy and Catherine Turcotte.

Vera Marshall Brown helping Phillip Doiron set the table up for the picnic.

Peggy Booth in the background standing by her husband, Paul, Ivan Cunningham and Louis Logue.

Chuck Kitowski and John Baker enjoying a conversation as Paul Booth's wife, Peggy, looks on.

Julie and Jazzi are having a great time checking all the classmates out. These adorable Yorkies belong to Bob and Sally Witty.

Phillip, Jr., with his Mom, Jackie Doiron, Rita Martin Holland and Judy Habert, Ed's wife.

Mr. Bill Adams, himself!

Myrtle Alvarado with her precious granddaughter.

Jack Habert (Brother Cecil) and with his wife talking to Walter Little.
Louis Logue standing with Jack Habert (Brother Cecil) and his wife.
Lunch time - Myrtle Alvarado holding her granddaughter with her son standing next to her.
The cooking shack!
KC"s covered deck for entertaining.
Jack Baker, Phillip Jr., with his Dad, Phillip, Sr.
Marlene Wilson Caston and her husband, Butch.
Pat Murphy Millett (Class of 1960) with her husband Gary.
Gary Millett and Bill Yowan are MS State college buddies.
Bill and Marie Braun Yowan.
Jackie and Phillip Doiron's son, Phillip, Jr., on left, their daughter, Danielle on right with her husband Brad Warnock. Grandchildren, Anna Kate and Ally Doiron and Mary Bradley and Wes Warnock.
Lucy Kelly, Marian Phillips granddaughter and Katherine, Ina Whittington's granddaughter having fun playing together.
Michael "Ethan" Kelly, Marian Phillips' grandson at the picnic.
Phillip Doiron cleaning up after the picnic.

Walter Little's son-in-law, Paul Allen, with his daughter, Margaret Elise, and his nephew (Walter's son's son), Harrison Little.

From left to right: Walter III; his daughter, Mary Nelson; Elizabeth Little Allen; her husband, Paul; their daughter, Catherine; and Walter Little.

We all had a wonderful time at the Knights of Columbus Home yesterday. We visited and again shared our fondest memories of our high school days. We had hamburgers, hot dogs with all the trimmings for everyone to enjoy.
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