Jim and Catherine Bowen of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.
Jim Bowen and the former Catherine Pettie were married on Sept. 9, 1961, at the Free Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Vernon Parsons officiating. Their attendants were Sam Grotts of Pana and Susan Ober Lager of Yukon, Okla.
They are the parents of three children: Steve, Cathy and Quinn all of Vandalia.
They have six grandchildren: Stephanie Bowen of Effingham, and Bailey and Cassidy Jones, and Jake, James and Quincy Bowen, all of Vandalia.