James L. and Rose Marie Mathews (nee Keeton) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 28, 2013, with family and friends at a surprise party given by their children and grandchildren.

The couple were united in marriage Jan. 18, 1964, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, St. Louis. The Rev. W.R. Reeves officiated at the ceremony.

The Mathewses’ children are Timothy (and Christie) Mathews, Patrick (and Christy) Mathews and Kathleen (and Cary) Trentmann. Their grandchildren are Ryan and Riley Mathews, Grace, Grant and Jack Trentmann and Melanie and Julie Wilmoth.