Richard "Dick" Kent Mastain and Mary Steele Mastain will celebrate their 68th anniversary Monday, Aug. 28, with dinner out in Ashland.
Richard and Mary were college sweethearts at Whittier College in Southern California. Dick, who achieved a Ph.D. in education, and Mary, a master's in education, graduated and married in 1949.
They honeymooned on the Pacific coast and started working as teachers later that summer, followed by lifetime careers in education. Two years later they had their first child, and every two years after that they had another until there were four: Mardi, Juliann, Carey and Rick.
The Peace Corps took them to Nigeria in 1965, then time at Yale and back to the West Coast. Mary and Dick are happily celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary and 24th year in Ashland.
They are still getting around well, but not as quickly as before, and plan to stay in their 100-year-old home on Granite Street through the precious years ahead.
Dick is active with croquet, bridge, book clubs and writing.
Mary had a stoke on her 89th birthday, and this year her 90th birthday was celebrated with much improvement. She has spent much of her energy in therapy this year and fondly reflects on her volunteer days at the library, Chamber of Commerce, the food bank, and giving tours of Lithia Park. She will again be active in Fortnightly Study Club this fall.
Together they spend time with family and friends, prepare and enjoy meals, plant and manicure their gardens, and host weekly game nights. In the mornings they sip coffee and read both the Ashland Daily Tidings and the Medford Mail Tribune. Through the summer they attended nearly all of the Ashland City Band concerts in Lithia Park and many OSF plays. They earned their first Junior Ranger badge at Oregon Caves National Monument this year, followed by their second at Crater Lake National Park.