Mr. and Mrs. Sam Chappelow are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Sam and Marilyn (Eliason) Chappelow of Independence will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows followed by a reception from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008,  at East Independence Community of Christ. The officiating minister will be their son, Elder Keith Chappelow, assisted by Elder Grant Dyer.

Hosts for the occasion will be their children, Keith Chappelow of Hastings, Mich., and Joylyn C. Chappelow of Independence, and Mr. and Mrs. Chappelow’s four grandchildren.

They were married Dec. 28, 1958, at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints in Deer Lodge, Mont., which was officiated by Marilyn’s father, High Priest Harvey F. Eliason. They lived in Deer Lodge for 25 years, moving to Independence in 1984. They first attended the Gudgell Park congregation, then transferred to the East Independence congregation.

Sam was a stud lumber grader at the sawmill in Deer Lodge for 12 years, then was a plant operator for the Anaconda Cooper Co. in Anaconda, Mont. Since moving to Independence, he has had several jobs. He is currently working as support services floor care specialist for the Jackson County Detention Center and works with Inmate Trustees. He is an elder at the East Independence congregation, and was pastor of the Deer Lodge Branch for several years.

Marilyn has been a faithful housewife and mother all of her life. She also worked for several years in the dietary department of several nursing homes. Her mother, a retired home economics teacher, taught her how to cook. Marilyn was hostess to numerous extended family dinners.

The Chappelows were host and hostess to RLDS missionaries when they came to Deer Lodge. Sam and Marilyn both attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, where they first met in the food service line at Walker Hall.