Kenneth and Jean Brookens of Independence are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary

Kenneth and Jean Brookens of Independence will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at Beacon Heights Community of Christ in Independence.

Hosts for the reception will be their children, Karen LeDoux of Fredericksburg, Va., Margaret Schwarz of Dalbs, Texas, and Paul Brookens of Colorado Springs, Colo. Mr. and Mrs. Brookens also have seven grandchildren.

They were married Aug. 24, 1958, at South Crysler Community of Christ in Independence and have lived in Independence all their married life.

Kenneth was a professor of instructional technology at the University of Central Missouri, retiring in 1996. He is a member of Outreach International and the Community of Christ.

Jean is a registered dietitian and worked for Harvesters Food Bank, retiring in 2000. She is on the Community Services League and Health Ministries Association Boards of Directors, and is active in local missionary projects.