Marion Kurfiss

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Marion Gore Kurfiss​

President of the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women (1975 to 1979)


Born August 7, 1905​
Missouri

Resided in Indianapolis, Indiana, San Antonio, Texas, and
Alexandria, Louisiana

Died January 20, 1993 (aged 87)​
Alexandria, Louisiana

Resting place:
Greenwood Memorial Park in Pineville, Louisiana​​

Spouse John Frederick, Kurfiss, II (married c. 1923-1959, his death)​

Two sons:
John "Jack" Kurfiss, III
David C. Kurfiss (both deceased
Parents:
John M. and Anna Marie Frietzsche Kurfiss

Marion Gore Kurfiss (August 7, 1905 – January 20, 1993)[1] was the president of the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women from 1975 to 1979.[2] Born in Missouri and married in Indianapolis, Indiana, she lived during part of the 1930s in San Antonio, Texas, but according to the 1940 census, she had relocated to her permanent home in Alexandria, Louisiana.[3]

Kurfiss was the daughter of John M. Gore (1846-1920), who was fifty-nine when she was born, and the former Anna Marie Frietzsche (1871-1926), who died when Marion was twenty-one.[1] In 1924, already married to John Frederick Kurfiss, II (1901-1959), she worked at the age of nineteen in the Calvin Coolidge presidential campaign sending out mailers though she was too young to vote in the election, held only four years after passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In Louisiana, she remained a Republican activist so highly regarded that the party named in her honor, the Marion Gore Kurfiss Award to the "best all-around club" of the federation.[4]

Marion Kurfiss and her husband, John G. Kurfiss, Jr. (1901-1959), were the parents of two sons, John "Jack" Kurfiss, III (1924-2019), and David C. Kurfiss (born c. 1938, deceased). John Kurfiss, III, a veteran of the United States Navy in World War II and an avid outdoorsman, established Jack's Marine Sales and was one of the founding members of Bayou Bassmasters of Alexandria. In 1962, he wed the former Bette Bordelon (1934-2020), a native of Marksville in Avoyelles Parish, south of Alexandria.[5] Bette Kurfiss was a Roman Catholic eucharistic minister and a long-term tennis enthusiast who from 1979 to 1981 was the tennis coordinator for Holy Savior Menard Central High School on Coliseum Boulevard in Alexandria.[6] Despite Marion's Republican affiliation, John and Bette Kurfiss were Democrats.[7][8]

The Marion Kurfiss Scholarship at Louisiana State University in Alexandria is named in her honor. Preference is given to education majors.[9]

See also

  • Jean Boese, Louisiana Republican National Committeewoman from 1968 to 1974 and also a resident of Alexandria.
  • Greta Jones, Republican activist in Monroe, Louisiana

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Marion Gore Kurfiss. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on September 7, 2020.
  2. LFRW Officers. Louisiana Federation of Republican Women. Retrieved on September 7, 2020.
  3. 1940 Census: Marion Kurfiss. Ancestry.com. Retrieved on September 7, 2020.
  4. Metropolitan Republican Women. Louisiana Federation of Republican Women.
  5. John Kurfiss obituary. The Alexandria Town Talk (March 17, 2019). Retrieved on September 7, 2020.
  6. Betty Bordelon Kurfiss obituary. The Alexandria Town Talk (September 4, 2020). Retrieved on September 7, 2020.
  7. Bette Kurfiss (Bordelon). Mylife.com. Retrieved on September 7, 2020.
  8. Jack Kurfiss (F). Findagrave.com. Retrieved on September 7, 2020.
  9. Marion Kurfiss Scholarship. LSUA Foundation. Retrieved on September 7, 2020.