Today’s Pott. County Couple is Bruce and Ruby Bentley. I love their story!
You have to hear it!
Bruce and Ruby met in 6th grade in Mrs. Lawson’s class. Ruby swears Bruce didn’t even notice her, but by sophomore year, they were dating. I asked about how they got engaged and Bruce told me, “Ruby’s mother told me to ask her!” Here’s the crazy part: they actually got married in March of their senior year!
On March 20, 1966, a Sunday, Bruce, Ruby, and their 2 families headed to Nebraska on a top secret mission to a little white Lutheran church where they got married! They ate supper with the family, got a motel room, and the next day, they went to school! The couple lived at their separate parents’ homes till they graduated from Carson-Macedonia High School. Can you even imagine?
After graduating from high school, they fixed up an old farmhouse in Macedonia, and Bruce continued what he knew best: feeding cattle! According to him, he’s been feeding cattle since he could carry a 5 gallon bucket! Together, the love birds took on farming and raising a family of 5. Neither one is an easy feat but the Bentleys have done it with grace. They currently only have around 800 head in the feedlot but used to run 1900 and have spent the last five years or so, selling manure, which they refer to as their “cash crop.”
Now 5 children, 17 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren later, the couple is still happily married with all 5 of their children living in a 7-mile radius! That is some Pott. County allegiance!
I asked the two of them what the secret to marriage is - Bruce instantly answered, “Love!” Ruby told me marriage isn’t going to be easy. Both added on that communication and telling each other what you’re thinking is important along with faith in God. Bruce told me, “God is our referee!” You gotta love that! They sure know how to finish each other’s sentences.
Ruby told me her piles of stuff might bother Bruce on occasion and Bruce told me his cattle addiction might get old, but both agreed that you just gotta learn to deal with the other’s stuff!
With 54 years under their belt, it seems like they have it figured out! When I asked what they saw for the future, Ruby quickly responded they knew they’d be together and they only hoped they could be healthy, enjoy their family, and their every day.
Sounds like a good way to live, Bruce and Ruby. Thanks for showing us the meaning of a Pott. County Couple.
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