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 26, 2012

Meeting Held by Alabama Chapter

The Alabama Chapter of the Class of 59 held a meeting at the Corinth Recreational Area located near Double Springs, AL.  Phillip Doiron and Dickie Matherne and his wife Debra were camping here and Walter and Philip Little drove up from Birmingham.  Phillip’s wife, Ruth, accompanied Philip Little.  In the picture from left to right – Philip Little, Walter Little, Phillip Doiron, and Dickie Matherne.  Tentative plans for a meeting in December were made.

Phillip L. Doiron
1311 Oakland St.
 Weaver, AL 36277
Cell: 601-415-5404

"Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever" 

Sunday Update on Katherine

Thank you for all your thoughts and Prayers for continuing to lift up the Turcotte family up.  They were able to add the trach on Friday and this weekend has brought us more baby steps, with her being more alert.  Her brother Buddy has returned from Savannah to be here.  Lisa will be going home on Tuesday if the storm ( Issac) allows it.  If you have any pictures that you would like uploaded here, please email them to me at the email address on this site. (  Keep spreading the word for friends and family to post here on this site.
Katherine is a fighter and please continue to Keep Pushing:  Praying until something happens!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Back Online

Classmate, Ina Lott Whittington, is back online if you would like to send her a message at:

Update From Caring Bridge On Katherine

Written Aug 24, 2012 8:16am
Happy Friday!
The word is getting out about this site for Katherine. Thank you!!!
There where no significant changes yesterday on Thursday.  They did not take the vent out because the physcian had a family emergency and should be back today.  Her chest xray show that her pneumonia is all most cleared up.   Her O2 is running in normal limits and her BP is around 120/48.  Her swelling is about the same.   If you would like to send her cards and letters, the address is to the right on this screen.  
River Region Medical Center
2100 Highway 61 North
Vicksburg, MS 39183
United States
Her son Tim & grandson Tyler are returning from KY today.  Jeff is getting things taking care of in NM and return soon.  Steve and Greg are of course local.   Please keep pushing!!!  Now, we have a challenge for you this weekend.  Share some of your most amazing stories of our Girl Katherine.  We call them Katherineisms.......Have good day......
If you want to sign Katherine's guestbook and let her know that you are thinking and praying for her go to:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Update on Katherine's Progress

Today, they tried to take her vent out and had to replace it back due to her not being able to breather on her own.  They will try again to remove this on Thursday and if she is unable to breather on her own then they will replace the vent with a trach.  Her x-ray looks better with a few spots still on her lungs.  They are doing dialysis 3 times a week.  Her vitals are staying strong and steady.  She has a long road to recovery but she will make it with your thoughts and prayers.  

You can also leave Katherine a message at - Just type in her name with no spaces and it will asked you for your email address or Facebook account, a password and then you are in the site to leave a message for her to read later.  Also, pictures of her and her family can be viewed.  The site was created to keep friends and family updated.  Keep your support and words of hope and encouragement coming during this time when it really matters the most. Thanks!  Marian

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ethel Marie Lane Richie Cessna

Ethel Marie Lane Richie Cessna died Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at Vicksburg Convalescent Home.  She was 71.

Born in Vicksburg, she was the daughter of the late John James Lane Sr. and Annie Mae Miller Lane.  Mrs. Cessna was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier Academy and a member of the Catholic faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Richie; and three brothers, Jack Lane Jr., Louis Lane and Joe Lane.

She is survived by two daughters, Jeannie Richie and Tammy Cessna Hays, both of Vicksburg; two sons, Walter L. Richie II of Flushing, N.Y., and Joey Cessna of Vicksburg; one sister, Ann Lane Lee of Vicksburg; 11 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Living Water Christian Fellowship, 2075 Culkin Road, under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS  39236 or to the Alzheimer's Association, MS Chapter, 196 Clairmant Drive No. 4., Ridgeland, MS  39157

The Vicksburg Post

Ethel Lane Cessna Dies

Our classmate from the first grade to the 11th grade, Ethel Lane Cessna, passed away and arrangements are incomplete with Riles Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Left, a picture of Ethel from her First Holly Communion taken 1946-47 at St. Paul Catholic Church.

Below a class picture she gave me of her last year at SFXA.  Unfortunately, she did not graduate with us.

Update on Katherine

On Tuesday, August 14, 2012, Sue McNamara Fowler, Ina Lott Whittington and I went by to check on Katherine in CCU and she was still on the ventilator and had been told on dialysis as well with slight pneumonia.  She was sedated and did not know we were there. Please continue to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers while she recovers from her double by-pass.  Marian

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Prayers for Katherine Turcotte

Our classmate, Katherine Turcotte, had a double heart by-pass on August 1, 2012, at River Region.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers while she recovers. 

Update (8/10/12):  Katherine is still in the hospital with complications and pain which has kept her from getting up and moving around.  Now she has a little pneumonia.  They've put her on the ventilator - mainly to give her body a chance to relax and recuperate.  Hopefully, she'll be better tomorrow.  

Her brother and out-of-town sons and wives will be in this weekend.  

Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers!

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