Robert and Laurel Bowen Spencer of Ogden will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. They were honored by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on Thanksgiving Day.
They were married on Nov. 26, 1947, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Manti Temple.
He was born and raised in Minnesota. He served in the military during World War II for three years. Most of that time, he was stationed in Italy and North Africa. After an honorable discharge from the Army, he moved to Salt Lake City. There his brother and Laurel’s friends arranged a blind date between the two of them. She, born and raised in Payson, was attending nursing school in Salt Lake City.
They are active members of the LDS Church. They have served in many capacities, including a mission to Dallas and as temple workers in the Washington D.C. Temple and the Ogden Temple.
Their advice to others is, “The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.”
Their children and spouses are Scott and Jean Spencer, Lynne and Art Cude, Reed and Nada Spencer, Lois and Ed Douglas, Ben and Karen Spencer, Don and Paige Spencer, Margaret and John Chevalier, and Ken and Marnie Spencer. They have 28 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.