Realtors celebrate executive assistant’s retirement

For the past 15 years, Mary Lou Wright served as the executive assistant for the Morgan County Board of Realtors. On Thursday night, the local Realtors honored her with a retirement party at the Country Steak-Out in Fort Morgan.

“You couldn’t hardly put her job into a job description,” said Mandy Dreier of Colorado Land Co. in Fort Morgan. “She’s had to keep up with all of the rules and regulations to be able to inform us about them. We couldn’t replace her. She kept us all in line.”

Since the board is dissolving, replacing her will not be an issue.

Instead, the Realtors got to celebrate everything Wright did for them for 15 of the board’s 60-year history.

Wright started with the board in July 2000, sort of lucking into the job in her home area. A Weldon Valley graduate, that connection helped Wright land the part-time job during a visit back to Morgan County while working as a loan officer at a bank in Sidney, Neb. She had wanted to move back here to be closer to her family and grandchildren. Over the years, she had worked both in real estate sales and banks, giving her the right background for the job.

The executive assistant job was one that was challenging, especially with a 20-hour weekly cap and all of the reading it involved, she said.

“It’s had its moments,” she said of whether it was a hard job. “But most of the time it’s been like an extended family. The majority of the time, everyone was good to work with.”

The people she met were her favorite part of the job.

“I bonded and made some really good friends,” she said. “I’m going to be sad not seeing them all the time.”

Next up for Wright is spending more time with her eight grandkids, tending her garden and doing some travelling to places like Yellowstone National Park.

“I’ve worked all my life, so it might be hard not working,” she said.

Some of the Realtors shared stories about Wright at the party Thursday night.

“Her and her husband bought her house from us in 1995,” recalled Sharon Wardell of Plains Realty. “It cost $68,000.”

“We were in Denver at a convention,” Stacey Martindale of Gateway Realty Wiggins/Fort Morgan said. “Mary Lou had me be the navigator. It did not end up well. … I don’t know where we ended up, but it wasn’t where we were supposed to be.”

“It got us laughing so hard, we had to pull over and settle down,” Wright added.

“It was always a pleasure to work with Mary Lou,” Don Neb of Plains Realty said. “She was the glue that kept us all together.”

“We were really lucky to have Mary Lou, with all the knowledge she had,” Florence Halley of Danford Realty said.