Millers names Grand Marshals for Prescott Daze
PRESCOTT--Floyd and Anita Miller have called Prescott home since 1976, when a job change for Floyd as an electrician on the railroad led them to the St. Croix Valley from Montana.
“We came from a small town in Montana,” Anita explained. “And Prescott had a similar small-town atmosphere and we liked the schools.”
The Millers have been active in the Prescott community since, thanks to Boy Scouts, United Church of Christ (UCC) and daycare. The community has noticed, as they were named Grand Marshals for the Prescott Daze parade at 2 p.m. Sunday. The parade starts on the corner of Canton and Cherry streets, with the route going from Cherry to Elm and then Elm to Washington streets.
The pair admitted surprise when Chamber Coordinator Trisha Huber informed them of the honor.
The two have been married for 50 years. They met thanks to Anita’s father, who met up with Floyd one day. Floyd was on his way to barber school in Spokane, Wash., when her father told her “my daughter is there in nursing school.”
“He gave me her number and I stuck it in my wallet for three to four months,” Floyd remembers. “One day I was cleaning it out and decided to call her.” The rest is history.
Floyd stayed on the railroad until 1988 when he retired, while Anita, upon their arrival in Prescott, opened a daycare that lasted until 2011.
“I love working with kids,” she said. She added she still teaches Sunday school at UCC, located two blocks from where they live on Locust Street.
“Anything they needed,” Anita continued. “We did.”
The couple are the parents of Paul, who lives in Prescott, and Amy, who resides in Seattle. They are the proud grandparents of four boys, in age ranging from two to 15.
In their free time, Anita enjoys reading, while Floyd likes “putzing” around in his garage. He’s especially proud of his 1950 Buick, which has only 57,000 miles.