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WWII vet marks 100th

Kate Shuler, commander of American Legion Post 117 in Butler, presents Marie Miller a plaque for her 100-year birthday along with left Walt Skibicki, Post 117 first vice president, and Mike Lex, second vice commander.

Esther “Marie” Miller, a World War II veteran and Butler native, celebrated her 100th birthday at a party surrounded by friends and family Saturday afternoon.

Marie, who served in the Women's Army Corps for more than three years during WWII, turned 100 years old Thanksgiving Day. She lived her entire life on Virginia Avenue in Butler until recently.

American Legion Post 117, 413 S. Main St., provided a plethora of pink balloons and, Marie's favorite, draft beer for the occasion. The hall was packed with friends, relatives and neighbors who came to celebrate.

Cathy Miller, Marie's daughter-in-law, thanked everyone who attended for helping them celebrate Marie, and the American Legion especially for making the party possible.

“The American Legion catered and offered an open bar in her honor, gratis,” Cathy Miller said. “She's been a lifelong member here.”

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