Richard and Barbara Allen, Washington, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, with a catered dinner from The Finishing Touch by Ginger that was hosted by the couple’s children. The bride’s mother, Mrs. Lavina Lee Dakan, Washington, also was in attendance.

Mr. Allen and the former Miss Dakan were united in marriage Jan. 20, 1973, at the Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church in St. Joseph.

Their children and their spouses are Gwendolyn and Jeremiah McWilliams (and their children Ainsley and Andrew), West Plains, and Angela and Richard Allen Jr., Frederick, Colo.