Rest in Peace, Little Sister

It was the time that brothers John, 9, and Bill, 13, helped their little sister Margie celebrate her 2nd birthday at home in the Pecan Park section of Houston. The date was August 19, 1951, the same day that vertically challenged Eddie Gaedel pinch hit for the St. Louis Browns up in Sportsman’s Park in Missouri.


Retired History Professor Margery Ruth McCurdy passed away in Beeville, Texas at age 68 on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 7:09 PM, following a lengthy illness. She is survived by brothers Bill and John McCurdy, sister-in-laws Norma and Linda, nephews Daniel and Casey, nieces Jennifer and Emily, numerous cousins and friends, and every Coastal Bend College student who passed through her life over the years in pursuit of a better understanding of American and Texas histories.

Goodbye, Little Sister. I’m still numb from the news of our loss, even though it comes as no great surprise due to the slow way this thing has taken you from us.

That being said, the essence of my faith remains intact:

God is Love. Wherever God goes, Love goes too. — And once filled with Love — we have no good choice but to either spread the love further — or suffer the consequences of depression that accompany the rejection of genuine joy in the sweet spot of life we’ve come to know as the here and now.

Goodbye, Little Sister — but not to all the Love I still hold for you in the here and now.

Love is Forever.

God is Love.



Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle



23 Responses to “Rest in Peace, Little Sister”

  1. Fred Soland Says:

    Bill, So sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. I am sure she will forever remain a fixture in you heart. May she Rest In Peace.

  2. Tom Hunter Says:

    Condolences, Bill. As a friend wrote to me when my mother passed away, “When people close to us die, our relationship with them changes but it never ends. May your memories of your sister sustain you. God bless your sister’s soul.

  3. maxwell1901 Says:

    So sorry for your loss, Bill. I hope you and the rest of your family are doing as well as could be expected. You’ll have a lifetime of memories of your sister and I’m sure you’ll be able to draw on these memories for comfort in the coming weeks.

  4. roy bonario Says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family for your great loss. She is in the arms of the Lord and you will see her again one day.

  5. Darrell Pittman Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Bill.

  6. Mike McCroskey Says:

    Very sorry for your loss, Bill. You’ve written a beautiful tribute to your little sister. God is indeed Love and God is forever. My deepest sympathies.


  7. Larry Dierker Says:


    Your loving spirit will overcome your grief. I lost a brother years ago. I think of him often — and smile. Best that it is spring and a whole season full of baseball lies ahead. Be well, my friend.

  8. Mark W. Says:


  9. Patrick Callahan '56 Says:

    I will have a candle burning in her memory at St. Luke’s Chapel in Temple tomorrow and add her my prayer list for the deceased – and my thoughts and prayers will be with you too.
    Callahan ’56

  10. strider49 Says:

    I have no words of wisdom, Bill, only condolences from your friend. Rob

  11. bhick6 Says:

    Very sorry for your loss, Bill. Please accept my condolences.

    Bill Hickman

  12. Bob Hulsey Says:

    Very sorry for your loss but at least there was time to say goodbye. Losing siblings shocks us because of the obvious mortality that stares us in the face. The good news is that, like the others, someday you will be given a perfect body with no disease or defect like your sister is getting to try on now. Death is but a transition for those who understand God’s love for us. He is faithful.

  13. stanfromtacoma Says:

    My best to you and your family Bill.

  14. Randy Foltin Says:

    Very sorry to hear of her passing and your loss. Sympathies to all family and friends.

  15. Bill Hale Says:

    So sorry for your loss Bill. Jo and I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. neal brown Says:

    I lost my only sister a few years ago, and the thing that happened to me was that although we had lived in separate states since 1956 and we usually only visited at Christmas, her life is more vivid to me now. Daily I remember the years we were together , remember all her favorite things she loved, experience the moments we shared together, and how her love for me, and my love for her still is nourished in my memories. She is still in my heart, and I am so thankful that she was my sister! I appreciate all the special things about her, and happy that my heart remembers every one of them.So your sister will forever be with you also. Neal Brown

  17. Serge Masse Says:

    Dear Bill,
    So sorry for your loss.You are in our prayers.
    Serge and Ginette

  18. Jim Farge Says:

    Bill, I, too, send my condolences to you and my prayers for her and for all her family. You yourself and the many friends who have written to you above have beautifully expressed the meaning of life and of death — both of them lived and expressed best in love. Jim.

  19. Marsha Franty Says:

    My condolences, Bill, to you and your family. May your memories of her provide comfort in the coming days.m

  20. Oscar Sicola Says:

    May her soul and the souls of the Faithfully Departed, Rest In Peace, Amen.

  21. bobcopus Says:

    Sorry to hear this Bill. Sorry for your loss. Gods Peace.

  22. Rick B. Says:

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your sibling. May God comfort you in this time of grief

  23. don matlosz Says:

    Sorry for your loss my friend

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