DiAnna Morris ’68

The only couple in Burbank High’s Class of 1968 (to my knowledge) who has celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary is DiAnna Morris Hawkins and Bill Hawkins ’65.


The Little White Chapel

Bill and DiAnna were married during Easter break (April 6) 1968 at The Little White Chapel, Burbank. They opted for this date to accommodate Bill’s seasonal work opportunities in the motion picture industry. They rented an apartment across from BHS on the East Ave. and the  Glenoaks wedge. DiAnna would get up in the morning and walk across the street to BHS and Bill would go to work, if there was work at that time. They were on the original NewlyWed game in 68 and their daughter Danielle was born July 4, 1969. Their son Mathew was born in March of ’72 and their daughter Morgan in July ’82. They are blessed with 7 wonderful grandchildren.

Bill and she met when he dated her older sister Waver Morris (’66) for a short time. DiAnna was blessed to be able to stay at home with their 3 children while Bill spent over 40 years in the motion picture industry with most of that 40 years being at Warner Bros. in Burbank as Director of Technical Services. Bill retired in 2004 at age 58 and they have been blessed with good health during their 14 years in retirement. They made a decision to move the family to Big Bear in 1984 where they have enjoyed a ranch lifestyle now for about 34 years.

Bill and DiAnna

In 1968, as newlyweds, they invited DiAnna’s best friend Kathy O’Rell (’68) and Bill’s best friend Gary Schaedler (’65) over to their apartment to meet each other and have dinner. Kathy and Gary married in February of ’69 and have remained the Hawkins’ closest friends all these years. DiAnna writes, “so on our 50th anniversary this last April 6th, we drove to Burbank, visited the Little White Chapel, and had a special dinner at the Granada with Gary and Kathy. We also meet them at Bob’s Big Boy frequently for lunch.”

Kathy O’Rell

A recent picture of Bill and DiAnna.

You can give Bill and DiAnna your congratulations in person (as well as Kathy O’Rell Schaedler and Gary Schaedler!) as they will all be attending our 50th Class Reunion on October 6th!
By the way, even though the deadline has passed, it is still possible to register for the 50th Class Reunion as long as your payment reaches us by September 27th.

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About Katherine Crosier

I am an organist in Honolulu—a rare breed of folks who play the King of Instruments! Through stories, photos, and videos, this blog is a diary of my musical journey ... and my family just groans!

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  1. […] Anniversary of DiAnna Morris Hawkins and her husband, Bill Hawkins, on April 6, 2018 (“A 50th Wedding Anniversary“) and I wondered if they took the prize for being married the […]

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