A new tree grows on the Missouri Valley College campus. The white oak tree was planted in honor of love.
A dedication ceremony for the new tree, near the front of Baity Hall, was held Saturday, Aug. 13, in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of John “Scotty” and Sally Campbell, who met as MVC students. Scotty proposed to Sally on the campus by a tree near where the Tech Building is now located, in eye view of the new oak tree. Scotty and Sally were married Aug. 8, 1961.
The dedication ceremony was attended by the Campbell family with MVC President Bonnie Humphrey and Institutional Advancement Director Eric Sappington speaking about Scotty and Sally and their long-time support for the college.
“The tree symbolizes the roots of our family in Marshall and at Missouri Valley College. As it grows, so does our family,” Scotty said at a reception and dinner at the Martin Community Center that evening.
Scotty said he first came to Marshall for college in 1958. He said his first view of Marshall was a “gentleman on a hay wagon pulled by mules, and I thought, what have I done.” But it was the best decision that he ever made, he said, because he met Sally at MVC. Scotty majored in Business. Sally majored in Elementary Education. Following graduation, they were married in August of 1961 when Scotty was on leave from his Army Reserve basic training in Georgia.
In the summer of 1969, Scotty had the opportunity to teach at MVC. They returned to Marshall where Sally taught in the community’s school system. Scotty served as an MVC Business professor and as division dean. They retired decades later.
Scotty said the most important ingredient to their 50 years of marriage is “our love and respect for each other” as well as the love of family and friends and “the generous love of God.”
The Campbells have two daughters, Karen J. Cangelose and Kathy J. Howery, and five grandchildren, and many other relatives who were in attendance at the reception and dinner. Some of their Valley classmates also were there. The community center hall was filled with well-wishers. Sally noted at the dinner reception that five relatives and friends in attendance also had been at their wedding.
Known more as “Scotty” than by his given name of John because of his enthusiasm about his Scottish heritage, Scotty enjoyed a moment of surprise at the dinner with the playing of the bagpipes by friend Gary Mosby, the director of the Ararat Shrine’s “Pipes and Drums” Unit.
Missouri State Representative Joe Aull, representing the Saline County area, presented a plaque from the Missouri House of Representatives congratulating and extending best wishes to Scotty and Sally Campbell.