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On Valentine's Day 2012, Highland Springs Couple Reflects on Over Seventy Years Together

February 14, 2012

From Sadie Hawkins Party in Kansas, Loyle and Velma Miller to Celebrate 70th Wedding Anniversary in March

DALLAS, TX---For Loyle and Velma Miller, their journey of love began in Garden City, Kansas on the eve of World War II.
It was at a Sadie Hawkins party in 1939 that the couple first met at Garden City Junior College.
Their heartfelt courtship continued as Mr. Miller served in the 35th Division of the Military Police and then attended officer school for the Army Engineers.  Mrs. Miller taught at a country school in Kansas.
As the war intensified, Mr. Miller was eventually stationed in San Luis Obispo, California, a town that Oprah Winfrey would later describe as "the happiest city in America."
It was a joyous day on March 21, 1942, witnessed by just two friends, when Loyle and Velma were married at a Methodist Church.
The honeymoon was short.  With the war in full gear, Mr. Miller received his military assignment, serving thirty-three months in the South Pacific.  Following the Allied victory, Mr. Miller returned to the United States, where he graduated from Oklahoma University.
The couple learned to love to travel as Mr. Miller's career stops as a petroleum engineer in the oil industry took them to Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
"We've visited every state in the nation, except New Jersey," Mrs. Miller recalled.  "It was one big adventure."
Prior to moving to Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community in North Dallas, in 2006, the couple settled down in Texas living just west of Richardson.
They enjoy spending time with each other and their large family of three children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Their 2012 Valentine's Day will feature a special dinner with two other couples at Highland Springs.
And in March, the couple will celebrate their seventieth wedding anniversary at a party with family and fellow residents.
On Valentine's Day morning, Mr. Miller took a moment to offer advice to young couples who are just beginning their journeys.
"Always think of the other person first," said Mr. Miller.  "And you'll be alright."
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