|MC Foundation Executive Director Kathy Fletcher (left) and Marilee Runyan|
Their desire to help others and their love of community are what prompted Marilee and Edward (Ed) Runyan, Sr., to establish a $50,000 MC scholarship. The Marilee H. Runyan Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to deserving single mothers to help with tuition, books and supplies.
Marilee explained, “Ed and I have been very blessed. We have traveled all over the world—to New Zeland, Australia, Tokyo, Spain and Italy. However, it’s always nice to come back to our home in Midland.”
The Runyans moved to Midland in 1960 from Oklahoma. Their three children, Edward Runyan, Jr., Laurie Kidwell and Leigh Ann Runyan, attended Midland schools. The family continues to make Midland home. Today, Edward, Jr. and Laurie still reside in Midland and are now raising their families in the community. The Runyans have four grandchildren and an 18-month-old great grandchild also living in Midland.
Marilee said that their adventurous days of traveling overseas have ended. They now enjoy quiet days at home in Midland reading and spending time with one another. They also have a second home in Ruidoso, New Mexico.
MC Foundation Executive Director Kathy Fletcher said, “It is so heartwarming to know the Runyans and see their love for the Midland community. There are a great deal of single mothers attending Midland College trying to make a better life for themselves and their children. This generous scholarship will definitely be appreciated by those women who, like the Runyans, want to raise their children in this community.”