Announcements & Celebrations

Bill and Bev Johnson

Bill and Bev Johnson celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on January 4th. They were married at Calvary Temple in Bellingham on January 4, 1958. Bill and Bev are the 3rd generation to have their 50th Anniversary reported in the Bellingham Herald.

A lengthy detailed description of their wedding was reported in the Herald in 1958; "A double ring ceremony in Calvary Temple the night of Jan. 4 united in marriage Miss Beverly Jean Elsasser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Elsasser of Ferndale, and Mr. Willard Johnson by Rev. Allan Wood...Lighted with pink candles, the church was decorated at the chancel and aisles with pink chrysanthemums...The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of white satin, the bodice made with long tapering sleeves and set in yoke forming drop shoulders.."

Bill and Bev made their home in Bellingham where they still reside. Bill retired from the Post Office in 1996 and Bev retired from Bellingham Travel in 2004. They both attend Christ the King Church where they faithfully volunteer as the Seniors Ministry leaders. They have two daughters, Sheri Crawford and son-in-law Norm Crawford both of Olympia, Tami Dockter and husband Hope of Ferndale. Bill and Bev's most cherished memory was the birth of their two amazing grandkids, Kinzie and Nathan Dockter ages 12 and 10. They have been blessed with many wonderful, long standing friends both near and far. It should be noted that the bible school Bev attended in 1957 warned her parents that "their relationship would never last". They attribute their successful marriage to honoring their wedding vows to "love, honor and cherish until death do us part," for their relationship with God through the good and bad times and for the support of their great family and friends. A surprise party (which has now been revealed!) will be held in their honor on February 16 at the Squalicum Boathouse.