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Wed December 18, 2013

51 years of marriage bind this couple together [video]

Aleta (left) and Phili Miller (Right), 71, talk about how they have stayed married more than 50 years in Boone County, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. The two were sophomores in college when they first met and got married six months later.
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After 51 years of marriage, Philip and Aleta Miller can still recall the day it all began. 

They were sophomores in college and were married soon after they met. Growing up in rural areas across mid-Missouri, both Philip and Aleta learned that in order to get what they wanted, they needed to work hard. Philip recalls learning this lesson from his father when he was a teenager. Both attribute their success as a couple to the struggles they overcame growing up. Now, living in Columbia, Mo., the couple has raised five kids and continues to maintain their farmland. 

‘The Ties That Bind …’ is a four-part video series that tries to open a window into what the lives of the elderly in small Missouri communities.

Our goal is to acquaint others with these characters in hopes of raising awareness about rural people, life, activities and roles.

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