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 ~

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Tapestry of Mercy

From left, Sister Theresa Finnegan, Sister Paulinus Oakes and Sister Fatima Starks stand in front of the Sisters of Mercy mural at the flood wall on Levee Street. (The Vicksburg Post)

If a tapestry were designed to depict all the good works performed by the Catholic Sisters of Mercy since arriving in Vicksburg in 1860, it likely would include scenes of the sisters taking care of the sick and wounded, teaching school children and nurses-in-training, offering food and carrying out the exhortation of Christ in Matthew Chapter 25, verse 40: "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Some of these scenes are painted on the Sisters of Mercy mural at the flood wall on Levee Street - which includes, at the sisters' insistence, that scripture reference.

Some of the scenes are simply part of the city's architecture - the former St. Francis Xavier Academy buildings and the convent that now house the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, or the former Mercy Hospital-McAuley Retirement Home complex on Grove Street.

Now a new book, "Tapestry of Mercy," documents the history of the sisters in Vicksburg and all of Mississippi and six other states that made up the St. Louis province of the order - Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma.

"It's a landmark," said Glenda LaGarde, Mercy Historian and Hinds Community College English teacher. "For Vicksburg especially, (since) during the last decade they have come to appreciate much more the contributions of the sisters, across the faith."

Every one of those sisters, whether assigned to Vicksburg or another area of the St. Louis community, has been listed in the book. It's a record of more than 1,700 sisters who served in the order from 1851 to 2008.

Included are birthplaces and dates and, for those sisters who have died, date of death and place of burial. If a sister withdrew from the order, that is also noted.

Former SFXA principal and Vicksburg native Sister Mary Paulinus Oakes, R.S.M. will sign copies of "The Tapestry of Mercy: The History of the St. Louis Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas," at St. Aloysius High School, 1900 Grove St, at 6 p.m. Sept. 21. Copies of the book will be available for $25.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Memorable Evening With Patsy

Left to right, Patsy Glass Duncan, (myself) Marian Love Phillips, Ina Lott Whittington, Vera Marshall Brown, Pat Stamm, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado, Katherine Meyer Turcotte and Becky (a friend of Patsy). We got together last night at Monsour's at the Biscuit Co. Restaurant and had a wonderful evening reminiscing about our high schools days. Patsy is here for her 50th class reunion and resides with her husband in Martin, TN.

Patsy Glass Duncan

Left to right, Patsy Glass Duncan, (myself) Marian Love Phillips, Ina Lott Whittington, Vera Marshall Brown, Pat Stamm, Myrtle Loviza Alvarado and Katherine Meyer Turcotte. We all went from the first grade to the twelfth grade together except for Patsy who left at the end of the 10 grade and Pat who left the end of the 7th grade and both transferred to Cooper High School.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Reunion Video Coming Soon....

Louis "Sonny" Logue is in the process of trying to help me figure out how to load our video that he made for our 50th Class Reunion....hopefully, soon I will be able to post it. It will be in two parts. Will let you all know as soon as they are up by email. Have a nice week ahead. Marian :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

50th Class Reunion Banquet

Pictures of our 50th Class Reunion Banquet.
(Courtesy of Harold "Sonny" Logue)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Our Picnic at KC Home Continues...

Elizabeth Little Allen, Walter Little's daughter, Phillip Doiron, myself, and Kay Hess Simms getting ready to leave a memorable 50th class reunion picnic.

Jim Simms, Sue McNamara Fowler, Phillip Doiron, myself and Kay Hess Simms.

Marlene Wilson Caston and her husband, Butch Caston talking to Phillip Doiron.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Our Picnic at KC Home Continues...

Gene Martin (Theresa Martin Kitowski and Rita Martin Holland's brother).

Left to right, Walter Little, Ivan Cunningham, Elizabeth and Walter III, Walter's daughter and son.
Left to right, Vera Marshall Brown, myself, Phillip Doiron and Harold "Sonny" Logue.

Paul Booth

George Evans enjoying himself.

Walter Little with his son, Walter III and his daughter, Mary.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Our Picnic at KC Home Continues...

Eveyone enjoying the picnic and renewing memories!

Ivan Cunningham, Sue McNamara, Paul Booth and George Evans.

Jack Habert (Brother Cecil) and Eddie Habert.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Our Picnic at KC Home Continues...

Myrtle Loviza Curro Alvarado with her son and granddaughter.

Bill Adams taking it all in.

Jane Cathey and Kay Hess Simms looking at our memory book.

In the pink shirt is Chuck Kitowski, Theresa Martin Kitowski's husband, myself, Paul Booth with his wife, Peggy, and Ivan Cunningham sharing a good laugh.

Left to right, Gene Martin, Kay Hess Simms, Jane Cathey, Rita Martin Holland, Theresa Martin Kitowski and Ina Lott Whittington.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Our Picnic at KC Home Continues...

Myrtle Loviza Alvarado holding her granddaughter and Walter Little with his family members.
Ivan Cunningham, Bob Alvarado, Roy Turcotte seated and George Evans.

Rita Martin Holland, Eddie Habert with his wife Judy and George Evans.
Pat Murphy Millett

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Our Hometown ~ Vicksburg

A few weeks ago the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau added "A Welcome to Vicksburg" video on their website. I wanted to share with you this video of our hometown where we were born, raised and attended school. It really shows the beauty of our fair city with it's southern charm and hospitable people. Enjoy as well. Marian :)

Our Picnic at KC Home Continues...

Jim and Kay Hess Simms and Eddie Habert. Vera Marshall Brown in background.

Roy Turcotte, George Evans and Katherine Meyer Turcotte. Phillip Doiron, walking by.

Everett "Butch" Caston, Marlene Wilson Caston's husband.

Micky Sullivan, Jack Baker and Gary Millett.

Marie Braun Yowan and Robert "Bob" Witty.

Phillip Doiron, our 50th class reunion picnic coordinator.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Our Picnic at KC Home

Vera Marshall Brown and Marlene Wilson Caston

Ina Lott Whittington (background), Phillip Doiron with his son, Phillip, Jr.

Marlene Wilson Caston

Jackie with her son, Phillip, Jr., and grandchildren.

Robert Witty with his wife, Sally and their adorable puppies, Julie and Jazzi.

Mickey Sullivan, Paul Booth, Pat Murphy Millett, Eddie Habert and Pat's husband, Gary, at the Knights of Columbus home on Fisher Ferry Road on April 25, 2009. The Class of 1959 enjoyed the picnic put on by the St. Aloysius High School graduates. Everyone enjoyed a very memorable occasion. (Courtesy of Sonny Logue)

More Reunion Pictures

Harold Louis "Sonny" Logue was so gracious to share his "50" class reunion pictures with us. I will be posting the pictures starting today and also hope to post the video in two parts that he put together for our class reunion. Thanks so much Louis for your contribution to our blog. Classmates, friends, family, please feel free to make a comment if you like and if you see an error, email me at Thanks! Marian :)
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