TIPP CITY — Many people will agree that a lot can change in a year.
Keeping that in mind, 100 years can bring a lifetime of growth and learning not many people are able to experience.
SpringMeade resident Ruth Miller is turning 100 today.
According to her son Bill, she was born in Piqua at 764 Wayne St., the youngest of three children, including brother Charles and sister Irene. Her father owned a furniture factory while her mother raised their children.
Their parents, Clem and Anna Woerhle Rengel moved with the family to Tipp City on Nov. 4, 1922.
As a teenager, Miller played the piano, which many people got to enjoy.
“When I was 16, I went around to all the churches, performed for them, knew all the songs,” she said.
On May 23, 1936, she married Harry Edward Miller.
“My husband and I grew up together and went to school together,” she said. “We had always known each other.”
Miller worked as a legal secretary at the Miami County Courthouse and as a typist for Bohlander’s “DogsOff.”
She and her husband also welcomed sons Bill and Bob, and she then became a stay-at-home mom. Their younger son was unable to walk, so oftentimes the family would have friends of the boys come over to visit, and Miller took care of him for 64 years at home until he went to SpringMeade to live, passing away this year.
Bill Miller described growing up and his parents as having a light-hearted marriage. His father was a bit of a jokester, which the Millers recalled when Harry Miller stuck a bird’s nest in his wife’s coat pocket as a joke.
“Dad liked to play jokes, liked to play tough,” Bill said, laughing as he recounted some of the tales. “He once showed up to class back when they were in high school smoking a pipe to show off to the teacher.”
Miller now has five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, most of whom are coming in to celebrate her birthday today. She and Bill joked that up until three years ago, she drank beer, which may have played a role in helping her live to see 100.
However, over the course of a lifetime, there has been one lesson she has learned and practiced.
“Be kind to everyone you meet,” she said. “Be nice to them, because it does make a difference and people need to be treated kindly.”
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