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Rollin’ along

Couples mark 65 years of marriage

Lester and Thelma Miller have skated their way to 65 years of marriage.

ABOVE: From the left, Dick and Mary Lou Russell and Thelma and Lester Miller in
1946 after their Feb. 14 joint marriages. BELOW: The couples on Feb. 13 at their 65th
anniversary celebrations.

Not that the going has been treacherous; rather the two met at a Marion roller skating rink and had seven Saturday night dates at the rink before they even kissed, Mrs. Miller confirmed.

Initially, Lester had skated with Mrs. Miller’s friend and had asked her for a date for the next Saturday. Older than Lester, she suggested he date Mrs. Miller instead because she was younger than he. Lester figured Mrs. Miller had enough boyfriends.

“But, I didn’t,” she said.

Their courtship continued and blossomed, and eventually, Mr. Miller joined the Army. When Mr. Miller was home in Upper Sandusky on leave from Camp Atterbury, Ind., after the two had dated for about 18 months, he wanted to get married before he went back. His older brother, Dick, said that couldn’t happen because he intended to be married before his 19-year-old brother tied the knot.

Instead, the two couples — including Dick’s girlfriend, Mary Lou, drove south and were married together in Greenup, Ky., on Feb. 14, 1946.

“It wasn’t a planned thing,” Mrs. Miller said from her rural Bellefontaine home. “None of us at the time had realized it was Valentine’s Day.”

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