William "Bill" and Kaye Miller celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary during the holidays with a coffee hour at their church and dinner with friends. The couple married Dec. 31, 1960, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Walla Walla.
Bill was born and raised on Vashon Island, Wash., graduating from Vashon High School in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army three years, primarily in communications in Ketchikan, Alaska. He then attended Western Washington University, Bellingham.
Kaye was raised in Walla Walla and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1959. She also attended WWU where she met Bill.
After their marriage, they both worked in Seattle, Bill at U.S. Plywood Corp. and Kaye at Hooper Holmes Insurance Investigating. They returned to college at Central Washington University and Bill graduated in 1964. He taught two years in the Wapato School District while Kaye finished college. She graduated in 1966 and they moved to Walla Walla. Bill taught 30 years in School District 140, half the time at Sharpstein Elementary School in fifth-grade and half at Blue Ridge Elementary School in fourth and fifth grades. Kaye taught for 32 years in Walla Walla, beginning at Washington Elementary School in fourth and fifth grades, then moved to Jefferson Elementary School, Blue Ridge and Sharpstein over the years. She taught in each elementary grade except second over the years. The couple particularly enjoyed the years they taught together at Blue Ridge when it first opened and have many good memories of that time. They retired in 1997 and 1998 respectively.
The Millers have been members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church since 1966. Bill has served on church council and taught Sunday school. Kaye also taught Sunday school, was on the women's board and in the past was in the choir and the quilting group. Both are members of the local retired school employees group.
They enjoy spending time with family and going to athletic events, plays and dancing presentations involving their grandchildren.
Bill enjoys playing tennis and working out. Kaye enjoys Bible study, sewing, quilting and knitting. They plan a celebration in July when they will go on an Alaskan cruise with their children and grandchildren.
They have two daughters, Lisa Hill of Benton City, Wash., and Leslie Sievers of Richland; two sons, Eric Miller of Issaquah, Wash., and Kyle Miller of Burbank; and six grandchildren.