The local couple were nominated in recognition of their long marriage and history of volunteerism.
By GARRY L. CLARK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
NORTH LIMA -- Katherine and Raymond Hurd of East South Range Road have been each other's steady date for Valentine's Day for more than 50 years. After that long, you wouldn't think anyone would have the courage to try to break their record by requesting a date.
A few weeks ago, however, the U.S. Postal Service delivered an invitation to the Hurd residence requesting a Valentine's Day date with Ohio's first lady, Hope Taft.
As it turns out, the request was for both of them. In fact, it will be a group date.
The Hurds are among 18 couples who will be honored Friday at the fourth annual "Joined Hearts in Giving" celebration at the Governor's Residence in Columbus.
"Joined Hearts in Giving" was created by Taft to honor Ohioans married 50 years or longer who share a commitment to volunteerism. Each couple will receive a certificate at a reception that morning.
The Hurds were nominated for the honor by Jackie Burley, director of Protestant Family Service, where the couple volunteer.
Mrs. Hurd works as one of two volunteer coordinators and helps schedule the volunteers who work in the office. She also fills in when needed.
Her husband picks up donations of food from the Second Harvest Foodbank and donations of furniture and household items from various donors. He then distributes them to the recipients.
The couple also performs music at times for special occasions for the organization.
"I couldn't find a greater couple. They're jewels," Burley said.
Marriage and family
The Hurds were married June 8, 1952, in Athens, Ohio. Mrs. Hurd, the former Katherine Hawk, taught school in Granville for one year, and her husband taught math for 30 years at Youngstown State University.
The couple have three children, Duane Hurd of Defiance, Nancy Valentine of Canfield and Anita Gillam of Columbiana. They also have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Another granddaughter is deceased.
The couple are members of Mount Olivet United Church of Christ, where they are active as well, and Hurd is involved with South Range Council Church and Community.
Regarding the longevity of their marriage, Hurd said that one of the keys is "being more concerned about your mate than focusing on yourself."
His wife concurs, adding that it's important to "be careful about what you say because you can't take words back."