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:Ip . ra - May 16, 2012 VouR CONNUNITV Page 7 Bells to celebrate 70th anniversary By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Bill and Verna Bell are mat- ter-of-fact about the fact that they're celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this Satur- day, May 20. Kind of like how they met. "He was my sister's blind date." said Verna. 87. "I had a date with this guy. My dad wanted us to go together with my sister, so my date brought Bill.'" Later, they met again at a dance and that's when they start- ed dating. They met in Tillamook Coun- ty, after both moved there with their families from other regions. Verna from southern Alberta, Canada, where she had lived for nine years after moving there from her birthplace in Nebraska, and Bill from North Dakota. Both were raised in farm families. "The first word I learned was 'work.'" said Bill. 91. They both graduated from high school, she from Nehalem and he from Wheeler. They were married May 20. 1942 in Astoria and settled down in Tillamook. where the first two of their five boys, William and Bob. were born. In 1944. Bill joined the Coast Guard Artillery after the out- break of World War II. serwng until 1946, during which time he helped stand off the Japanese in the Battle of Tinian in the Mari- ana Islands. and he was one of the crew who loaded the atomic bomb on+the Enota 'Gay., which was dropped on the city of Hiro- shima. After his discharge, Bill worked as a logger and Verna stayed at home with the boys, who had-health problems in the coastal climate, she said. "The doctor saidto me, 'Why don't you move inland?' We didn't know where 'inland' was. He said, 'How about Sweet Home or Klamath Falls?'" "So we loaded all our stuff into our '34 Ford and a little two- wheeled trailer, and started driv- ing." "We came here and we didn't even know where Sweet Home was." Bill said. "We just followed the road signs." Verna said. matter-of- factly. They arrived in 1946 and Bill got a job with a local logging op- eration while Verna ran things at home. where Ted, Tom and Jack were added to the family. Bill ended up working as a gyppo logger, doing a lot of work for Clear Lumber. until he retired at "about" age 70. When Jack started school, in 1968, Verna started working for the Sweet Home School District. first serving cafeteria lunches and later transitioning to the class- rooms as a teachers assistant. She retired in the mid 1990s - she doesn't recall exactly when. "I liked the kids." she said. Since retiring, they've done "a lot of gardening" and generally followed a fairly simple lifestyle, they said. They live in the same house near the end of Turbyne Road that they bought 43 years ago. "'It was a stump ranch when we bought it." said Verna. Bill and Verna Bell on their wedding day, May 20, 1942. "We weren't travelers." Ver- na said. "We go on a trip twice a week to church and to get groceries." said Bill. who has some trouble seeing and hearing. The Bells are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- "years ago" after being raised in non-religious families, they said, adding that they were married in the Portland Temple after years of civil marriage. "We've had a good life." Bill said. "We get along good. You get married, you figure on that for Day Saints. which they joined life." Call by Thursday, May 31 st All About Sweet Home Since 1929 (541) 367-2135 ,CHICKEN STRIP SyRIES & A DRINK Expires 6/10/12 +' I :, ; "+ ' ii i " II IPOLAR SWIRL $2.49 -,/ K+, Io++ +o o ih0o+ s h++ I REESE S l M&M l OREO l BUTrERFINGER I Pho oen for icnic, }hur- unda 1010 MAIN $..,,I'R.EETJ 541-367.48..93ALL m_w Fou'.a . .......... -[ ................................................. . 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