Avamere Court at Keizer senior care community will host a very special celebration this New Year’s Eve. The center will celebrate the 105th birthday of resident Audrey Miller.
Miller was born in Matlock, Iowa on December 31, 1905. She attended and graduated high school in Shelton, Iowa, and became a country school teacher before she met and married Wayne Miller on September 1, 1926. Wayne Miller became the local pharmacist; Audrey became a homemaker and raised three children: Rod Miller, Norma Mayfield and Roger Miller.
In 1941, Wayne - a member of the National Guard - was sent by President Roosevelt to training in Louisiana. He then served in England from 1941 to 1945. In the meantime Audrey took care of the household and children; she also contributed by working retail.
Once the children were grown, they moved west, and Wayne and Audrey followed to remain close to their family. They settled on Salem, Ore. Wayne continued to work as a pharmacist while Audrey helped care for many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and more.
Audrey is considered a friend to everyone. She always has a big smile on her face is and is quick to share a cheerful hello. She also enjoys football, animals, children and flowers. Avamere Court at Keizer's Life Enrichment Director Janet Lowers says, "If I was to ever grow up, I want to be just like her!"
Ms. Lowers is planning the celebration as part of the facility's annual New Year's Eve bash. She has invited all the Miller children and is planning a family photo for the occasion. The event will take place at Avamere Court at Keizer, 5210 River Road North.