Home Faces of GRCC Marney Salmon, Age 52, East Grand Rapids

Marney Salmon, Age 52, East Grand Rapids


“I never would have pictured myself moving to Michigan. When we first moved I didn’t know what to expect. I was from Canada and was bringing my 5-year-old daughter into the states with me. In order for me to be able to live here I had to be enrolled in school full-time. I didn’t know where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do, so I decided to enroll at GRCC. Shortly after, I met Alan, who is my husband now in the strangest of circumstances. When we met it was like everything that shouldn’t have gone right did. I was out with a friend where I almost didn’t go because I couldn’t find a sitter for my daughter. On the other hand, Alan was supposed to catch a flight back to England that day, but his trip had randomly gotten extended through the weekend. I saw him at the bar and he we got to talking but as the night ended we never exchanged numbers. The next night it so happened that I was able to go out again. Alan was there and he was looking for me. He had even gone out and bought a little outfit to impress me, it was cute. After that we immediately clicked and we’ve been married ever since. It’s strange to me to think that if I had never gone to the bar that night I may have never met my husband, I think it was fate that brought us both there.”

Reporting and photo by Nikki Herrmann