Margery Ann Eveland, 91, Hutchinson, died February 21, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society, Hutchinson Village. She was born May 31, 1926, in Oshkosh, NE, the daughter of Clement and Corrine (Mick) McCullough. Margery and her parents moved to Atkinson, NE, where she attended school through the 10th grade.

At this time, Margery’s parents moved to Wayne, NE, where she graduated from high school. She then attended Wayne State College, Wayne, NE. Later, she went to work at a bank in Wayne.

Margery had known her future husband, Art, in high school, so they started writing to each other. At this time, Art was on a ship which was on its way with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions to take the island of Iwo Jima from Japan. He was lucky to get off that island alive. The United States lost 6,000 young men’s lives on Iwo Jima.

When the war was over, Art was discharged and the first thing he did was hitchhike a ride to Wayne, NE, to see Margery. When Art walked into the bank in his Marine uniform, all work stopped. The bank president decided to let Margery off early that day.

Margery and Art had only one date before they were married February 17, 1946, in Wayne, NE, but their marriage still lasted 71 years. During this time, they bought a photographic studio in Hutchinson and named it Art Eveland Photography. They both ran the business until they retired in 1986. Together, Margery and Art photographed thousands of people and weddings from all over the state.

The Evelands both loved to travel and have been in every state except North Dakota and most of the smaller states on the east coast. They spent some time in Nova Scotia, visited the Hawaiian Islands three times, and made three visits to Mexico.

Margery was preceded in death by her husband, Art and sister, Betty Lou.

Cremation has taken place, and per Margery’s wishes, there will be no service. Friends may sign the book from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at Elliott Mortuary. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.