Through the end of the month, Maureen Miller keeps a St. Patrick’s tree, covered in green and white.
Proud of her Irish heritage, Miller prefers the traditional three-leaf shamrock – the symbol of Ireland – to the four leaf clover. She explained that it was the shamrock that was used to explain Christianity and the holy trinity to people.
This year, the former Camanche woman will be showing her Irish pride as the St. Patrick Society Quad Cities, USA’s Irish Mother of the Year. The St. Patrick Society, in Davenport, has picked an Irish Mother of the Year for its parade since 1986. This honor is for women involved in their families, churches and communities, with a good sense of humor and pride in their Irish heritage. One of Miller’s friends nominated her.
“I was very shocked,” Miller, the mother of three adult children, said about being chosen. “I just never in my wildest dreams would believe it would happen that way.” Miller and her husband now live in Knoxville. She served as circulation manager at the Clinton Herald from 2001 to 2007 and is currently the publisher of the Knoxville Journal Express.
As Irish Mother of the Year, she was picked up at her friend’s house in Bettendorf by a limousine this morning and taken to the River Center in Davenport for the 29th Gathering of the Clan Luncheon. Saturday morning she will attend a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Rock Island, Ill. She will ride in the Grand Parade at 11:30 a.m., finishing her day with a post-parade bash in the River Center.
This will be Miller’s first time attending the Quad-City parade. She is hoping for warmer weather Saturday, but said it does not truly matter.
“We’re going to have a good time regardless,” Miller said.
For more information about the parade, visit http://www.stpatsqc.com.