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Charlene and David Dorsey
David and Charlene Dorsey

The family of David and Charlene Dorsey invite friends and neighbors to a 50th anniversary celebration in their honor. An open house will be held Saturday, Oct, 1, from 1-3 p.m. at the Paonia Assembly of God Church, 600 Oak Avenue in Paonia. Only the gift of your presence is requested!

David Dorsey and Charlene Schroeder were married on Friday, Sept. 30, 1966, at the Paonia Christian Church. David was born at the Paonia Hospital (located at the current residence of retired Dr. Ridgway) and lived up in the Ragged Mountain and Black Mesa areas before moving to 420 Delta Avenue in Paonia at about 11 years of age. He graduated from Paonia High School in 1963.

After marrying Charlene, they rented their first house on Colorado Avenue for $45/month, and also lived at 222 Box Elder Avenue for a few years before moving to their current residence on Minnesota Creek Road in May 1972.

David worked as a mechanic at Chapman's Garage in Paonia for 13 1/2 years and later at four of the local coal mines as an underground mechanic/electrician and welder.

Charlene has been a homemaker, also working at various packing sheds during fruit season, and attended beauty school in Grand Junction when her kids were almost raised. She and her twin brother were born at home on Redlands Mesa (both babies were over 8 pounds). She attended Hotchkiss schools all her life and graduated from Hotchkiss High School in 1965. She and David had two children, Tom and Suelyn.

In 1992, Tom died of cancer at the age of 25, but they will cherish having his three sons from Rangely -- Joel, Josh and Jeremiah, along with their other three grandchildren, Rachel, Timothy and Sarah from Suelyn and her husband Marvin Pemberton, all of Paonia.

If you are unable to attend this momentous occasion, feel free to send a card to 42798 Minnesota Creek Road, Paonia, CO 81428.

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