Ohio couples honored for lifelong service


COLUMBUS – The institution of marriage is something for Katherine and Raymond Hurd to sing about.

The North Lima, Ohio, couple, who have been married for 50 years, will be among the 18 couples honored by Ohio First Lady Hope Taft on Valentine’s Day for their enduring marriages and commitment to volunteerism.

The ceremony will be during the fourth annual Joined Hearts in Giving celebration held at the Governor’s Residence in Columbus.

Kudos. “Through their love and compassion for each other and their communities, these special couples make Ohio a better place to live,” said Taft. “We thank them for sharing their secrets for long marriages and for serving as role models in their communities through volunteerism.”

The Hurds have shared their spirit of volunteerism with their community for the past 42 years. They are prominent volunteers at the Mount Olivet United Church of Christ and Protestant Family Service.

Music is an important part of their lives, as they share their musical talents through their family singing group, Always Hurd. They sing at special events and at church, and also participate in the church’s bell choir.

Taft created Joined Hearts in Giving to honor Ohioans married 50 years or longer, and who share a commitment to volunteerism – particularly as volunteers with children or in youth education.

Certificates will be given to the couples at a reception, Feb. 14.

Honorees. The other couples being honored at the Joined Hearts in Giving reception are:

* Patricia and DeWaine Ayotte of Columbus

* Virginia and John Bamonte of Delta

* Mary Ann and Bill Cusac of Troy

* Jewell and Robert (Bob) Evans of Gallipolis

* Wanda and Robert Gottfried of Melmore

* Betty and James Grissinger of Oregon

* Elizabeth and E. William Hansen of Ashtabula

* Dorothy and Denver Kaiser of Barnesville

* Mary and Russ Mossman of Coshocton

* Florence and Rev. E. Lee Neal of Geneva

* Ann and John Page of Uhrichsville

* Mary and Al Schuster of Reading

* Doris and Robert Shellhouse of Sycamore

* Marjorie and John Steva of Waverly

* Virginia and Lee Strawn of Akron

* Edna and Ned Thorp of Reading

* Emilie and John Wells of North Fairfield


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