CASCO – David and Annette Miller of Casco, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by cruising the Alaskan Inner Passage on the MS Oosterdam.

The Millers were married on June 12, 1954, at the Luton Parish Church in England. Mr. Miller, an Auburn native, was serving in the United Kingdom with the U.S. Air Force at Sealand, North Wales. He is the son of the late J. Coleman and Lee Miller of Auburn.

Mrs. Miller was born and raised in Luton Bedfordshire. They met when Mr. Miller’s grandmother, known as Aunt Snowie to her British relatives, wrote to Mrs. Miller’s mother telling her of her eldest grandson being stationed in England. He was contacted and he went to visit his British relatives. Having now found his home away from home, he spent much time with the family of former Baths Superintendent Arthur A. Tarbox and his wife, Elsie, in Luton. Friendship with their daughter, Annette, grew into love and the young couple was married some 18 months later. They made their first home in Hawarden, North Wales, while Mr. Miller was stationed at RAF Sealand. The following year a daughter, Joy was born. Six months later, the family returned to Maine.

The young Miller family settled in Auburn, with Mr. Miller being stationed at Brunswick Naval Air Station for six years. During that time a son, Mark, was born. In 1962 the family returned to England, where Mr. Miller was stationed at RAF station Alconbury in Huntingdonshire for another four-year tour of duty.

When the Miller family returned to Maine, they built their future home at Thompson Lake in Casco. During military assignments across the country and abroad, the Millers always returned to their cottage in Maine, eventually converting it into a year-round residence. This is the home they retired to, where they continue to live, watching sunsets in summer and enjoying the white stillness of winter.

They have a four-year-old granddaughter, Sarah, who lives with her parents, Richard and Joy Vincent in Bloomfield, N.J. Their son, Mark, resides in Portland.


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