*Phillips - 40th

Phillips -- 40th

Bob and Clara Phillips of Independence celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Aug. 15 with a surprise family gathering in their honor at Ash Creek Recreation Center in Independence.

The event was hosted by the couple's children and grandchildren.

Robert "Bob" L. Phillips and Clara L. Case were married Aug. 7, 1970.

The couple has resided in Polk County for the past 40 years.

Bob was a custodian at Talmadge Middle School. Clara was a teacher's assistant at Monmouth Elementary School and Ash Creek Intermediate School. Both retired in 2002.

They enjoy fishing, spending time with their grandchildren, watching and attending professional bullriding with daughter, Laura, and long drives in the country. Clara also enjoys tending to her ever-expanding flower beds.

Their family includes Paul and Julie DenBeste of Salem, Laura Phillips of Salem, and Casey and Carrie Phillips of Dallas. The couple has five grandchildren.

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