Married in 1947, 94-year-old Helena residents Edward C. and Margaret R. Miller celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Aug. 31, 2017, with a special dinner surrounded by family. Edward was born in Butte and grew up in Bozeman. Margaret was born in Columbus and spent her childhood years in the Columbus area by the Stillwater River. Both served in World War II; Edward in the Army’s 69th Infantry in England, France, and Germany and Margaret in the Navy Waves on home soil.

After the war, both attended college at Montana State University. They met when seated next to one another in class. After that first shared class was over, Ed worked his charm, asked her to join him for a Coke and the rest is history. They made Helena their home in 1950 and raised their three children Deborah, Thomas and James in the house they built in the ‘50s and continue to live in to this day on Helena’s west side.