Nicholas Miller and Sandra Miller

Nicholas Miller and Sandra Miller

Nicholas and Sandra Miller

Millers Celebrate 50th

Nicholas and Sandra McKenzie Miller were united in Holy Matrimony, June 13, 1966 at St. Philip and James Catholic Church in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania.

Nick graduated from West Virginia University Engineering School, Morgantown, West Virginia, as a Mechanical Engineer, and Sandy graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the summer of 1966. After a short honeymoon in Gettysburg, they moved into their first home in Cumberland, Maryland.

In March 1967, Nicholas Charles was born and in April of 1968, Cynthia Joyce. After transferring and relocations, their third child, Karsten John, was born in Topeka, Kansas in June 1975. Finally, in 1976, the Miller family settled in Longview.

In 1978, Nick went to Petrolite in Kilgore as a project engineer, and then Plant Manager in 1982. Although the Kilgore facility was closed in 1999, Nick stayed on to operate the plant as a wax blending and storage facility. Meanwhile, Sandy stayed home raising the children and working in their church.

Sandy, who was active in the Catholic Daughters at St. Anthonys Catholic Church, helped form the Court St. Bridget at St. Marys and served as first Regent. She helped establish the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, attended the University of Dallas - Theology, and became the first certified Catechist. Sandy worked as the first Religion Coordinator for the Religious Education Program for St. Marys and St. Anthonys.

Sandy and Nick have a love for their Catholic faith and believe in doing Gods work. Nick was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, is now a life-time member, and is a 4th Degree Knight. He and Sandy are members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. They are active members of the ACTS community and are Eucharistic Ministers. Sandy is a Lector and Catechist for the youth and adults at St. Matthews.

Sandy had health issues in the 1990s and found water fitness for a healthy life. She became a certified water aerobics instructor, volunteer instructor at Good Shepherd Hospital, and Water Fitness Director for The Paula Martin Jones Center. Sandy also competed and holds the title of International and World Water Aerobics Instructor. She retired in 2007 to care for her parents until their passing.

Now, Sandy and Nick work on one of their many hobbies of collecting, buying, selling, cleaning and repairing antique Singer Featherweight sewing machines. Sandy enjoys sewing and quilting for her family and friends; Nick enjoys just fixing things. Both spend time enjoying their 5 grandchildren.

Nick and Sandy or Tippy and Pop as they are known by the grandchildren, family, and friends, have touched many lives over their 50 years of marriage. Their children: Nick and Jennifer; Cyndi and Niki Starr, Karsten and Angie; and grandchildren: Alyssa and Helene Miller, Madison and Zackary Starr and Braedon Sims, want to invite all who have been a part of their lives to celebrate with them on June 15th, 6PM, at St. Matthews Catholic Church on Pinetree Rd.

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