Ray Harrison and Martha Phillips Harrison of Milton-Freewater celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at an Oct. 17 reception given by friends and family at Grace Presbyterian Church. Guests included nieces and nephews from Portland, Seattle and locally. Special music was provided by pianist Monte Wilson.
The Harrisons have lived in their Milton-Freewater home since their June 11, 1940, marriage. Melvin Jacobs, a Whitman College professor, officiated at his Walla Walla home.
At that time, Ray worked at M&M Grocery. He later worked for the Steen Ranch and for Key Technology, where he retired as senior estimator.
During World War II Ray served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an airplane electrical mechanic and Martha accompanied him to some of the American bases where he was stationed. She also worked for Staggs' Milton Drug in Milton-Freewater.
Ray served 18 years on the Milton-Freewater City Council, including four as president.
The Harrisons are longtime members of Grace Presbyterian Church.