Marye Miller


If there is anyone in Michigan who represents advocacy and service to senior citizens, it’s Marye E. Miller. After her initial involvement in the parks and recreation industry as a mini bus driver and accountant for Rochester Avon Recreational Authority, she began working more heavily with older populations as acting director of senior programming, where she gained valuable experience and found the niche that would define the rest of her career.

In 1982 Miller put her expertise with senior programming to work in founding the Older Person’s Commission in Rochester. As executive director of the commission, she would become a champion of senior citizen services, believing strongly in the importance of a positive aging experience and undertaking any endeavor to make that possible. Miller helped to establish one of Michigan’s finest Meals on Wheels Program; secured millage funding for exceptional senior facilities; and provided many services like wellness lectures and physical therapy through partnerships with Oakland University. Another major contribution was serving as chair of the Michigan Senior Olympics for 35 years, during which she networked with schools, sought grants, and even made personal contributions to keep the valuable program running.

Miller also served as a member of mParks’ senior committee, bringing her extensive expertise to peers and helping advance the industry’s service to senior citizens. She also served as secretary of mParks’ Board to help keep the diverse operations of the Association organized. She catered to the specific efforts of parks and recreation professionals in her local region by working with the Northwest Parks and Recreation Association. Miller’s other community involvement efforts included working with the National Council on Aging, the National Association of Nutrition and Aging, Michigan Gerontology Society, and the National and Regional Games Association.

Peers who have worked with Miller recount her tremendous generosity, such as sharing her knowledge and experience establishing successful senior facilities. She has demonstrated great respect for and service to older generations and the people who serve them, a value which she developed thanks to her own grandmother. Miller’s induction to the mParks Hall of Fame is a testament to this unending respect and dedication to older citizens, which is a critical function of the parks and recreation industry.



2017 mParks Hall of Fame Reception & Induction Ceremony

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Summit on the Park  |  46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, MI

6:00 pm Cocktail Reception & Hors d'oeuvres6:30 pm Dinner and Induction Ceremony Dessert and Hall of Fame unveiling to follow
$60 per ticket


2017 mParks Hall of Fame Reception & Induction Ceremony