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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Ruby Miller turns 100 2007.12.05

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Back when Ruby Miller was a student at Morenci High School in the early 1920s, there was an older girl who sat in the row across from her in study hall named Delora Fletcher.

That girl—now Delora Ehlinger—turned 100 years old in 2005.

That means it’s time for the younger classmate to take her turn celebrating the century mark.

Friday is Ruby Miller’s big day.

Ruby was born in Hillsdale in 1907, but the family soon moved to Morenci. Other than when she followed her husband, Blair, around to various locations while he was in the Navy, Morenci was always home to Ruby.

She attended Davis Business College in Toledo and landed a job with the school  as secretary to Morenci superintendent Henry Geisler. Retiring from that job didn’t mark the end of her working days. She served as a part-time secretary at Harlo Wells’ insurance agencruby.miller.jpgy until her mid-70s.

Ruby and Blair first had a home built for them on Orchard Street. This is where they raised their two daughters, Lucy and Jane, who both graduated from Morenci High School.

Later, as the west end of Morenci was developed, the Millers moved into a ranch home on Chestnut Street. Long after Blair’s untimely death, Ruby moved into an apartment in the York Hills II senior complex.

Ruby’s birthday was always just Dec. 7 until 1941. Then, of course, it was always associated with the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“Dad was in the service then,” said Ruby’s daughter, Lucy Brown, “and it was a very uneasy time.”

Blair was serving in the Atlantic Ocean at the time, but the war brought worries to many parts of the globe.

In honor of her husband’s service, Ruby has crocheted hundreds of lap afghans for the Veterans Hospital in Ann Arbor.

“I’ll bet she’s done a thousand,” Lucy said.

For years, Ruby created 30 to 40 over the winter and two or three dozen more during the summer.

She’s also donated many afghans to the Chelsea Methodist Home.

Ruby was an avid reader over the years and she also built an enormous thimble collection.

When she’s home in Morenci, she always enjoys visiting friends at York Hills and at the Senior Citizens Center for lunch.

Ruby and Blair traveled to many countries around the world and after his death, Ruby traveled with friends.

Many centenarians have large lists of family members, but that isn’t the case with Ruby. She has just four grandchildren, one of whom is deceased, and five great-grandchildren.

She’s staying with Lucy in Arizona this winter and she’ll also spend some time in their Upper Peninsula home in the spring. Her other daughter, Jane Russell, lives in Pinckney, Mich., during the warm months and in Florida for the winter.

Eventually Ruby will find her way back to her apartment, in the city she’s always considered home.

“Morenci means a lot to her,” Lucy said.

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