Tree ceremony to honor Serur, Pape
Two deceased members of the Heritage Association of San Marcos (HASM) will be honored in a Tree of Honor ceremony at 5 p.m. April 19 at Veramendi Plaza.
The public is invited to attend as James Pape and Nettie Serur are honored. Rain site for the event is the Parks and Recreation Building just across Hopkins Street from the plaza.
A native of Caldwell, Pape was a successful attorney in San Marcos and a recognized leader in community service. After graduation from The University of Texas Law School, he practiced in New York City and Houston before settling in San Marcos and establishing his criminal defense practice. He served as president of HASM from 1990-1991. He worked on various committees and was characterized by a thoughtful and methodical approach to the problem at hand.
Pape was deeply concerned about the extent and depth of poverty in society. His life was dedicated to helping and defending those in need.
Nettie Serur, born in Bartlett, came to Southwest Texas State Teachers College, met a young Dempsey Serur, and married in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. After World War II the young Second Lieutenant and his wife moved to San Marcos to take over the family business. One of the earliest activities that Nettie participated in was the HASM. She was instrumental in buying furniture for the Cock House and devised a plan for raising money for this project. She and Helen van Gundy would make salad and soup to sell at the Cock House. After making some money they went to San Antonio to purchase antiques. This pattern was repeated many times. These cooking ladies called themselves the Guild and opened it up to all women members of HASM. The lunches were so popular that there would be people waiting in line for the door to open on Mondays and Fridays.
The Tree of Honor ceremony was initiated by the Riverwalk Park Committee 12 years ago to recognize deceased members of HASM who during their lifetime made outstanding contributions to the association and to the enhancement of life for the entire community.
It is held on the nearest Friday to San Jacinto Day. Family and friends of the honorees pay tribute to their achievements. Names are engraved on a bronze plate and affixed to the podium adjacent to the Emmie Craddock Heritage Tree of Honor.
Members of the Riverwalk Park Committee are Jean Mooney, chairman; Rodney Cobb, Robert Cotner, William Ford, Bobbie Gilbert, Jane Hughson, Carmen Imel, Martha Jackson, Bettye Nagy, Jerry Sebek and Beverly Owen.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony.