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The secret to a long, happy marriage: Keep her happy, Bel Air man says

Ensor's 75th anniversary
(MATT BUTTON AEGIS STAFF, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

The secret to a happy marriage, according to Ellison "Bill" Ensor, is pretty simple: "You have got to keep her happy."

The woman he has been keeping happy is Mildred "Mickey" Ensor, his wife of 75 years.

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The couple celebrated their diamond anniversary this summer. The Ensors, he's 96 and she's 94, are Baltimore County natives who moved to Brightview Avondell in Bel Air about a year ago.

Although they are among the older, and longest-lasting couples at the retirement home, the Ensors are pretty low-key about their relationship.

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They were married July 29, 1939, when Mickey was 20 and Bill was 21. They met in high school in Towson, which at the time only went through 11th grade.

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.

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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.

"There were plenty of rocky times because we were dirt-poor when we got married. We didn't have a nickel in savings, any one of us," she said.

Regardless of their economic situation, Fowler said her parents were committed to education, sending their children to Catholic schools, and she never heard them complain about money.

Mickey said both she and Bill continued taking trips together, to New England or Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

And, they said they always took their children everywhere, rarely getting a babysitter.

The couple also keeps romance alive, as Bill remarked about Mickey: "That's my girl."

"I give her a kiss every day," he said.

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