Monday evening, June 18, 2012, at approximately 11 p.m., the most valiant heart I ever knew finally came to rest.
Born in 1921 to the Reverend and Mrs. N.J. Golding of Columbus, Gene McEwen graduated from MSCW with a double major in chemistry and microbiology. Ms. Mac, as she was affectionately known by countless people, was a member of the faculty of the Vet Science Department and later the MSU School of Veterinary Medicine for over 30 years.
She was a multi-year winner of the Dean's Pegasus Award, a recipient of the President's Pegasus Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Education Circle of Excellence and was MSU's Outstanding Teaching Professional Woman of 1987-88.
These honors, however, were not the things that kept her working full time until the age of 79. It was all the young people she felt privileged to meet, whose problems she helped to solve and whose feet she helped to put on a path to productive lives.
Throughout her years at MSU, Ms. Mac's kindness and positive influence became a part of a common memory shared by both students and fellow employees.
She was an active participant in the Starkville Cancer Society for 20 years and a member of the Professional Educator's Organization since the inception of the local chapter in 1980.
As an almost permanent fixture of the First United Methodist Church, she served on the communion committee and taught the seventh grade Sunday School class for four decades, reaching out to as many as three generations of children to show them the wonders of God's world.
Even when she finally retired, she continued her humanitarian efforts at the OCH Regional Medical Center where she became Volunteer of the Year for 2009-2010, as well as being a regular visitor to the sick and shut-in of the local area nursing homes.
All of the above were the result of something really very simple. Ms. Mac loved people and they loved her back. The way that smile would spread across her face every time she saw you coming. It warmed your heart because you just knew that she was genuinely interested in you and whatever was happening in your life. And that special light that always shone so brightly from her eyes. How it lit up the room wherever she was.
Over the years, I have traveled far and have come to know people from every walk of life, yet the most uniquely remarkable person I would ever meet was always right back home in my own house.
That small body was covered with the scars of many battles, but while frail, the spirit inside was great and never gave up. She will be sorely missed and the world will truly be a poorer place without her.
An exceptional parent, a loyal friend, a steadfast employee and a person deeply committed to mankind, Gene McEwen was one of those special individuals whose life served as both an inspiration and an example.
Her light continues to shine on the horizon like a beacon, making the road a little bit easier for others to travel and though she soared beyond our reach, we remain grounded in her joy, certain in the knowledge that she will reside in our hearts forever.
The family would like to sincerely thank all of her many friends and well-wishers for their cards, thoughts, prayers and visits. they were greatly appreciated.
Please make memorial donations to the First United Methodist Church of Starkville to continue the good works done there.
The visitation will held at FUMC at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012, followed by the funeral service at 2:30 p.m.
Burial will be at the Friendship Cemetery in Columbus.
P.S.—Be sure and send one last prayer winging her way to keep her company on the journey home.