Marshall and Mona Faith and their service to the Omaha community were inextricably intertwined. The Faiths were involved in and passionate about many community projects and volunteer boards over the years, until her death in June 2018. But it was a personal experience with macular degeneration endangering Mona’s sight that ignited a passion to invest in a local institute for the treatment of ocular disease.
Marshall and Mona, both natives of Salina, Kan., met in elementary school. They married in 1949 and learned early in life about giving back and investing in people and causes. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Marshall earned a degree in milling administration from Kansas State University. He began his career in the grain industry in 1951 working for the Pillsbury Company and later for Bartlett Grain Company before purchasing the majority share of what was called Scoular-Bishop Grain Company in 1967. Today, thanks to their vision, leadership and service, Scoular is one of the largest grain warehousing companies in the United States.
With Mona at his side, Marshall led The Scoular Company for nearly 50 years, until becoming vice chairman of the board. He now serves chairman emeritus, a lifetime appointment. Marshall actively served the community in leadership roles for groups such as the Aksarben Board of Governors, Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Salvation Army, SAC Consultation Committee, Joslyn Art Museum and Clarkson Hospital.
Mona also had many commitments to charitable activity. In addition to raising four children, she served for 10 years on the Friends Board of Children’s Hospital. Her favorite job during the time was being "the Toy Lady." She was part of the founding board that developed Quality Living Inc. (QLI Tri-Dimensional Rehabilitation) in Omaha and was also an active leader and board member of Girl Scouts. In addition she was among the founding members of Rockbrook United Methodist Church and was an active supporter of Omaha Youth for Christ and Young Life Programs.