Publication Date: Wednesday Jun 17, 1998
R. Marvin and Mary Ella Stuart celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 8. Many friends and well-wishers attended a luncheon in their honor at the Channing House in Palo Alto. Bishop Stuart is Senior Pastor Emeritus of the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto. A native of Paullina, Iowa, he began service at the First Church in 1942. Mary Ella (Connor) Stuart has been a key member of the church's education program and was recently named the First Lady of First Church, Palo Alto. The couple met while attending Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and married on June 8, 1933. Mary Ella Stuart describes their meeting more than 70 years ago: "We were going to college together and the second day of my sophomore year, Marvin walks through the door. As soon as I saw him, I knew he was the one." The Stuarts, who have a son named Rob, have retired from the ministry but continue to be active members of the community.