Charles McKell and Dorothy Mills Bird celebrated their 65th anniversary at a surprise party hosted by their family in North Ogden on May 4. They were married on May 7, 1948, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Logan Temple.
Born in Mapleton on July 19, 1925, he graduated from Ogden High School in 1943. He joined the Coast Guard and served during World War II. He attended Utah State Agricultural College, where he met Dorothy on a blind date and graduated in 1951. After spending time in the construction business, he acquired a teaching certificate. He taught at Doxey Elementary School for 28 years. He has served in four bishoprics, once as bishop and on the high council. She was born in Bothwell on Nov. 30, 1926. She graduated from Box Elder High School in 1944. She entered the Cadet Nurse Program nurses training at Thomas D. Dee Hospital, graduating in June 1947. She worked there until retirement. She enjoyed singing, leading choirs and teaching piano. She served in Relief Society, Primary and music callings. She is active in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. They moved to North Ogden after 50 years in Washington Terrace. They served in the Canada Winnipeg LDS Mission and as Ogden Temple workers. They traveled to Europe, the Holy Land, New Zealand and Australia, and enjoyed being part of the Over the Hill Good Sam Club.
Their children and their spouses are Stephen and Peggy Bird, Stephen and Cherilyn Southwick, Michael and Candy Bird, Russell and Wendy Bird, Kevin and Deb Bird, Jonathan and Yvette Bird, Randall and Jennifer Bird, Kenneth and Heidi Bird, and Tony and Judy Begay. They have 37 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.