Bill Ensor recalled being told: "Don't get married until you are 21 because you are never the boss."
Dianne Fowler, one of their five children and an admissions director at St. James Academy in Monkton, said both of her parents came from humble beginnings and forged their family life based on values such as letting their children have fun and finding their own paths in life.
Bill Ensor was a milk deliveryman for Cloverland Dairy and briefly ran a streetcar along Towson's York Road. He joined the county police force and eventually became known as Baltimore County's police chief in the 1960s and 1970s.
Mickey Ensor ultimately stayed home to raise their children, as the family moved around the Parkville and Phoenix areas of Baltimore County.
Mickey, who was raised by her grandparents after her parents died when she was a child, said she never thought she would live to see her 75th anniversary.