Richard and Mary Elizabeth Wright celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Aug. 9, with a small dinner party at the Rogue Valley Manor.

Richard and Mary Elizabeth Wright celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Aug. 9, with a small dinner party at the Rogue Valley Manor.

Richard Wright married Mary Elizabeth Perrins on Aug. 9, 1941, in Westford, Mass.

Richard grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Georgetown's School of Foreign Science. He also graduated from American University, the Industrial College of Armed Forces and the Federal Executive Institute. He traveled extensively in Europe, Latin America and the Far East, and the Army led Richard to live in Puerto Rico, Germany, Hawaii and other states. He retired from the Army as a colonel and field artillery officer, and from the CIA, in 1973.

Mary Elizabeth attended Cushing Acadamy in Ashburnham, Mass., Connecticut College for Women and the Modern School for Applied Arts in Boston. She was employed by the CIA before retiring to raise their three children.

Since 1999, the couple has lived at the Rogue Valley Manor, where they have enjoyed visits from their sons, Douglas, of Key West, Fla., and Jonathan, of Junction City, and grandson, Thompson, of Greenville, S.C.