Melissa Wheeler, Farm Bureau

The North Bend Eagle

 

Shaws win 84th Loving Cup

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/30/21

John and Marjorie Shaw met when they were working at the original Runza in Lincoln. She was 13 and he was 15.

Lovin Cup
Marjorie and John Shaw received the Loving Cup at the Old Settlers celebration Sunday. They have been married 60 years.

In 1957 John joined the Marine Reserves and went to California for training. He ended up serving six years of active duty and two years of reserves. Marjorie stayed home, going to school and working at Runza.

“I was pretty wild in the Marines,” John said. “Marjorie calmed me down.”

When they were married on Aug. 22, 1960, they had their reception at the Runza restaurant. No Runzas though, just cake and mints.

Now, almost 61 years later, they claimed the 84th Loving Cup presented by Chamber of Commerce president Nathan Arneal at the Old Settlers celebration June 27.

In 1962 the Shaws moved to Snyder where John was the marshal. After four years they went to Lyons where John was the chief of police. In the late ‘60s, they moved to North Bend and they both worked for Campbell’s Soup in Fremont. Before retiring, Marjorie worked for many years in the North Bend school kitchens while John worked at the packing house in Schuyler. They raised three boys, John of Fremont, Matthew who lives in Morse Bluff, and Steven, deceased. They now have five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

What is the secret to the longevity in marriage?

“Put your whole heart and sole into your marriage,” Marjorie said.

The Shaws are former members of the First Methodist Church in North Bend and now go to the Nazarene Church in Fremont.

“God is the center of our lives,” John said. “That is how we made it through the tough times.”

The Shaw were presented the Loving Cup by the North Bend Chamber of Commerce and roses provided by Lynda Cerny of Floral and Finds, North Bend.

The Shaws rode in a convertible provided by Diers Ford in Fremont in the Old Settlers paraded Sunday.

 

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