Joe and Jane Miller of Hannibal will celebrate their 60th (Diamond) anniversary on Oct. 19.

Joe Louis Miller and Gloria Jane (Williams) Miller were married on Oct. 19, 1956.

The courtship began during their attendance at Douglass School, with marriage soon following their inclusion in the first integrated Hannibal High School Class of 1956. They have been blessed with six children, 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

As natives, they've established themselves as beacons of education, church involvement, social awareness, diversification and Hannibal's community improvement initiatives.

As for marriage, their journey has been grounded in the scriptural context of respecting each other; husband/father and wife/mother roles and responsibilities. Consequently, the branches on their family tree continue to honor the example they've set.

Beyond Silver (25 years), beyond Golden (50 years), and into Diamond (60 years), the couple has embraced the test of time with an enduring love that is not so common in modern-day society. Diamonds are valued by the 4-C's: cut, color, clarity and carat. Joe and Jane are exemplary of these qualities, as they remain vibrant and active in the community, and are “gems” to many people.

To commemorate the occasion, and in honor of their interest in diversification, the Millers are fund-raising for a group trip to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

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