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, September 27, 2012

Homecoming 2012 ~ St. Aloysius

Senior maids, front, from left, are Adria Piazza, the daughter of Donald and Norma Piazza; Anna Grant, the daughter of Thomas Grant and Rosemary Ashley; Mary Hannah Campbell, the daughter of Jerry and Joan Campbell; and Katelyn Jones, the daughter of Mike and Karen Jones,  Back left, are Ann Garrison Thomas, the daughter of Gary and Dani Kay Thomas; Mallory McGuffee, the daughter of Barry and Renee Mcguffee; Madeline Thornton, the daughter of Thomas and Joan Thornton; and Alexa Engel, the daughter of Richard Engel and Odie Sijin.

Maids, from left, are freshman Shelby Bottin, the daughter of Bobby an Amy Bottin and Elizabeth Counts, the daughter of Chris and Lisa Counts; sophomores Cameron Curtis, the daughter of mike and Denesha Curtis and Laura Phillips, the daughter of Greg and Eleanor Phillips; and juniors Julie Mabry, the daughter of Steve and Karen Mabry and Camille Bexley, the daughter of Bill Bexley and Weesie Biedenharm.  

Laura Phillips, granddaughter, will be in the Saint Aloysius Homecoming Court.  The court will be presented and a queen crowned October 5 at halftime, during the Flashes' 7:30 p.m. game against Resurrection Catholic. A parade will roll along Washington Street at 5 p.m. on Oct. 4.  Our congrats to Laura!  We are so proud of you! 

Members of the honor court, from left, are seniors Stephanie Riveros, the daughter of Guillermo and Evelyn Riveros; Clara Grace Turner, the daughter of Mike and Renee Turner; Elie Welp, the daughter of Tim and Nan Welp; Blakele Palmertree, the daughter of Barry and Andrea Palmertree; and Madison Lumbley, the daughter of Ken and Anita Sue Lumbley.

Laura Phillips (Step-granddaughter)

Laura in a 2007 Porsche Boxster as Sophomore Maid in the Homecoming Parade.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Prayers for Charlie Marshall

Our classmate, Vera Marshall Brown's brother, Charlie, is having his toe amputated this morning because of melanoma.  He is in surgery now at Woman's Hospital in Jackson.  Please keep him in your prayers that it will be a successful operation and he will be on the road to recovery very soon.  UPDATE:  Came through the surgery and on his way back home to Vicksburg per Vera.  He's in good spirits and please continue your prayers!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Katherine Meyer Turcotte's Obituary

Katherine Meyer Turcotte died Thursday, September 13, 2012, at River Region Medical Center.  She was 71.

Mrs. Turcotte was the daughter of the later Edward C. Meyer and Dorothy Jones Meyer and the widow of Roy V. Turcotte, Jr., who died on June 18, 2012.  She was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier Academy in the class of 1959.  She was a Chemical Dependency Counselor, Level II at Marian Hill Chemical Dependency Center in Vicksburg for the past 18 years and served as counselor at Pine Grove Chemical Dependency Unit in Hattiesburg and St. Dominic Chemical Dependency Unit in Jackson.

In 1994 she was awarded the Hilda Dehan Award, and in 2000, Mrs. Turcotte was awarded the MAADAC Counselor of the Year Award.  She served as SE Regional Vice President of the National Association for Addiction Professionals.  Mrs. Turcotte was an Internationally Certified Clinic Supervisor.  Since 2007, an award named after her has been given to the Addiction Professional of the Year.  Mrs. Turcotte was founder of the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals and had served as past president of the organization.  She was a member of the Pi Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter and the Vicksburg Lions Club.  The Turcotte was a communicant of St. Michael Catholic Church.

During her high school years she was known throughout the state as a premier athlete, highlighted by her outstanding basketball talents for the St. Francis Xavier Blue Streaks and was known as Katherine "Speedy" Meyer.

She is survived by four sons, Jeff Turcotte, and wife Doris, of Albuquerque, N.M., Greg Turcotte and wife, Sherrie, of Seminary, Tim Turcotte and wife, Lisa, of Lexington, KY, Steve Turcotte and wife Candy, of Vicksburg; a brother William Charles "Buddy" Meyer of Savannah, GA; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Rosalie Garner and husband, Jack, of Oxford, and a brother-in-law, Randy Turcotte of Vicksburg.

A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church with the Rev. P. J. Curley as celebrant.  Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.  Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. with prayer service at 6 p.m.  Visitation will be from 1 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Vicksburg Catholic School, 1900 Grove Street,  Vicksburg, MS,  39183 or to National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, Central MS Chapter care of Jenny Crutchfield, 875 North Park Drive, Suite 600, Ridgeland, MS.  39157

Pallbearers will be Randy Turcotte, Tyler Turcotte, Tessa Turcotte, LaShay Meyer, Darrell Jones, Michael Jones, J.B. Edwards and Dr. Robert Lee Giffin, Jr.

Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Vicksburg Lions Club and members of the Pi Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Arrangements For Katherine

Arrangements via Caring Bridge
Written 9 minutes ago
Arrangements are as follows:

Visitation will be Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 3-6 at Riles Funeral Home:

Services will be at St. Michael's on Monday, September 17, 2012, with visitation from 10-11 with Mass at 11:00. 

Tentative Arrangements for Katherine

Via Caring Bridge

Here are some of the tentative arrangements for Katherine and as they are finalized I will post them.

The Funeral Home is:
Tina's Flowers & Gifts LLC
  • (601) 638-4747

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Our Dear Classmate, Katherine, Has Died

Via Caring Bridge

Heaven just received another angel!!
Written 50 minutes ago
Katherine is now soaring with the angels in heaven with Roy. She passed away at 10:21 this evening... She was certainly one of a kind, that truly left this world and the people she touched a better place... 

With my Love and Respect! 

Katherine has now rejoined Roy, she is happy and at peace.  There are memories that are left with us left behind to comfort and bring smiles to us.  She will always be there to guide you as a mother. I will continue to keep the family in my prayers to guide them through this rough time.  
Bill Adams
Class of '59

I just knew God wanted her and Skeeter was watching over her. She just did not want to be without him.   
Patsy Glass Duncan 
(Former classmate)

Katherine will be missed by all of us who knew her.  She was a special person and always fun to be around.
Anita Zorn Hossley 
Class of '58

It was with deep sadness that I read Katherine had lost her long fight, but as we all know she is in a wonderful place with her dear husband, family and God.  My prayers are still continuing although I know that she is at peace, so not for her, but all those that she left behind.  Rest in Peace Katherine...
Lynda Kennedy Vince
(Former classmate)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday Update on Katherine

Via the Caring Bridge Site:

Tuesday Update

Written 1 hour ago

Greetings Katherine followers,
We hope that if you are in town, you run by and see KATHERINE and sign the guest book.  I spent this morning reading her all the messages that you are sending.  Keep them coming daily....  There is really no change for today.  Her blood pressure is very low today 90/38.  Donna from the MAAP office went with me and told her she needed to make the board meeting this weekend... Her Aunt Mary was there and we just enjoyed being with Katherine and reading to her.  Her nurse today is Robert.   I was able to see Tim and check in on him and he and Greg were coming back this afternoon to meet with her Case Manager.  Jeff will be coming soon from New Mexico and Buddy is coming on Weds.  I called Dr. Cronin who Katherine use to work with and her send his love too....  I spoke to JB Edwards this afternoon and he is going to challenge the wonderful staff at Marion Hill to sign her guest book with funny stories about Katherine.  So today for Katherine, we are posting one of her favorite sayings. 
September 3, 2012
"Before you do something stupid, wait 24 hours..."
I remember hearing the phrase, "We are not a glum lot" when I was new in recovery - I didn't believe it. I mean, here I was sentenced to attending meetings, prohibited from partying, and forced to believe in God. Things looked pretty glum to me. If it wasn't for the laughter I heard in the rooms, I may not have stuck around. 
At first I couldn't understand what they found so funny. People would share embarrassing, demoralizing and even tragic experiences, and the room would burst into laughter. "I don't get it," I said to my sponsor. "Those who can laugh at themselves tend to last," he told me. Boy did I find that to be true. 
One of the most valuable lessons I've learned in recovery is not to take myself so seriously. I allow myself to make mistakes today, and if I step on someones toes I'm quick to make amends. Because of this my life is lighter today, and I find it easy to laugh at myself. This not only makes the journey more enjoyable, but it's what's made it last so long, too. 
Today I know that those who laugh - last.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Latest Updates on Katherine

Via Caring Bridge

Super Saturday
Written 36 minutes ago

Greetings Katherine Followers:
Tonight we have many updates, but first things first.  Katherine had to return to surgery yesterday, there was a problem with her incision from her heart surgery that they discovered.  Once they made this correction, she is taking baby steps to improve. They have Katherine off all medication except her BP medicines.  She is still sedated, but not so much. Tonight Tim asked if he knew who she was when she opened her eyes and she shook her head yes.  They have been taking her off the vent some but she is still struggling.  The nurse asked her was she having a hard time breathing and she shook her head.  
Truly our prayers are being heard.  This is more than she has been able to do in sometime. Again, this is baby steps.
Tim, Greg & Buddy are there this weekend.  
Keep those Prayers pushing.   Our God is an awesome God!!
Have a good weekend!!!

Thankful Thursday

Written Sep 6, 2012 8:33pm
Good Evening Katherine Followers,
A couple of quick things.  Steve and his girlfriend are in GA and made in in time to be with Candy's father.  Tim is in route from KY and should get there on Friday.  Greg & Sherry will be coming on Friday.....
They are looking to move Katherine to Regency Hospital, which is located on St. Dominic's in Jackson, MS.  The hopefully will happen in the next week or so.  We need your prayers for a door to open and for her to be admitted to this facility. 
Thank you for the ones that have sent me pictures to post on this site.  It's wonderful.   You are wonderful family and friends and we appreciate you more than you can know.
We will leave you with this quote: Language of Letting Go:
The Good in Step Ten

Step Ten says: "Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it." It does not suggest that we ignore what is right in our life. It says we continue to take a personal inventory and keep a focus on ourselves.

When we take an inventory, we will want to look for many things. We can search out feelings that need our attention. We can look for low self-esteem creeping back in. We can look for old ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. We can look for mistakes that need correcting.

But a critical part of our inventory can focus on what we're doing right and on all that is good around us.

Part of our codependency is an obsessive focus on what's wrong and what we might be doing wrong - real or imagined. In recovery we're learning to focus on what's right.

Look fearlessly, with a loving, positive eye. What did you do right today? Did you behave differently today than you would have a year ago? Did you reach out to someone and allow yourself to be vulnerable? You can compliment yourself for that.

Did you have a bad day but dealt effectively with it? Did you practice gratitude or acceptance? Did you take a risk, own your power, or set a boundary? Did you take responsibility for yourself in a way that you might not have before?

Did you take time for prayer or meditation? Did you trust God? Did you let someone do something for you?

Even on our worst days, we can find one thing we did right. We can find something to feel hopeful about. We can find something to look forward to. We can focus realistically on visions of what can be.

God, help me let go of my need to stay immersed in negativity. I can change the energy in my environment and myself from negative to positive. I will affirm the good until it sinks in and feels real. I will also strive to find one quality that I like about someone else who's important to me, and I will take the risk of telling him or her that.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Prayers For Our Classmate, Larry Miller

I found out through Facebook recently that our classmate, Larry Miller, has been very sick.  I talked with Larry yesterday and said that he was feeling much better but had been in the hospital back in May for almost a month.  According to our classmate, Dr. Walter Little, Larry has both amyloidosis, which is deposition of an abnormal metabolic product in various organs and sometimes can be fatal (but according to him it is currently under control) and pulmonary fibrosis, which is scarring in the very thin walls of the air sacs of the lung and interferes both with getting air into and out of the lung and absorption of oxygen and disposal of CO2.  Larry also told me that he would have to be on chemo for the rest of his life.  He sounded in good spirits and I wanted to get some prayers going for him.  I know Larry would appreciate a call (c) 314-630-8165 or you can email him at:  Please keep Larry in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

If we have classmates that are sick and would like to have prayers said for them, please email me at and will post and get the word out so we can all stay in touch and pray for one another.  ~Marian

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A Wednesday Update On Katherine

From Caring Bridge ~
Happy Wednesday,

Katherine is still fighting the fight as she has all encouraged us to do many times over.  Katherine's son Steve's girlfriend Candy's father has suffered an aneurysm and they will leave for GA today.  Please lift them up in your prayers also.  Tim is coming this week from KY and Jeff will be here this weekend and Buddy will return.  I hope that you go and also read the posts here from other followers.  I love what Ken Sucharski wrote " Katherine, Special Human, One Day at A Time".  Anna Booth stopped by to see her on 9/3 and kidded her about her snoring.  Charles Calhoun writes " OK!! Get over this already, we need you back at the Lion's Club.  Sarah Pardue is posting daily.  Thank You! Your post are all encouraging and we read them to her.  We have been waiting for them to put a stomach tube in, and this will be done soon if not already.  A special shout out to Dr. Giffin who has been taking care of here.  Katherine many are seeing why your truly love Dr. Giffin.  Please encourage members from St. Michael's to also visit this site.   Let's send some Energy Prayers today for hope and healing.  We continue to PUSH!!!
So if you get a chance stop by this week, sign the guest book in her room, thank you for finding it, things get moved around in her room.
We will leave you with this today:   Perceptions and Possibilities:
You are living through a day that is filled with countless possibilities. And you can act right now to bring the very best of those possibilities to life. ~Ralph Marston

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Last Two Updates on Katherine

Here are the last two updates on Katherine via the Caring Bridge site. Please continue to keep Katherine and family in your prayers. ~Marian

Sunday's Update

Written 2 hours ago
We hope that you are enjoying this Labor Day weekend.  Sister Paulinus and I went to See Katherine Yesterday.  Her eyes were opened when we arrived and you could tell that she was tired.  She suffered a hemorrhage in her eye this week, so her eyes are very red and inflamed, Please be sure and sign the visitor book, it is on the dry erase board in her room.  Also please encourage everyone to sign her caring bridge everyday. Katherine's family is checking this daily for updated messages to read to her.   We know that she is on many prayer lists, please keep those prayers coming.  I saw Steve and Candy while we were there and Greg was coming this weekend and Jeff is coming soon.  We have had 379 site visits.  Yippee.  We really would like to have picture if you have them, you  may e-mail me at
Keep PUSHING Katherine followers:  You are a miracle and the miracle continues through you:
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind, the answer is blowin' in the wind.
  —Bob Dylan


Written Aug 31, 2012 1:43pm
Happy Friday Katherine Followers,
Sorry for the delay in the updates, but Issac had other ideas.  Today our girl has finished dialysis and they pulled off 2.8 lbs of fluid. She is going to get 1 Unit of Blood today.  We do asked that if you can, please go and donate blood in her name, you can do this at Ms. Blood services or your local blood bank.  Her X-ray's are still showing no change at this time.  She is continuing to take baby steps and with your thoughts and prayers she will.
Lisa her daughter in law has returned home this past Weds and her brother Buddy has also returned home to Georgia and will return soon.  Steve and Candy are there daily and Greg & Sherry will be here this weekend.  Jeff is getting his schedule settled so that he can return as well. 
KEEP PUSHING!  Praying until something happens! It's working.
Parts of this am mediation::
What can I give and take:
I'm a trader at heart. . . except that I don't like trades that come out equally--that's too much like borrowing. I'd rather trade a strong hand for a patient ear or a story for a meal: anything that keeps things turning over.
  —Gordon Bok

Have a great weekend Ya'll!!!
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