Jim & Patsy Barrett to be honored 4.22.09

Written by David Green.

This year’s Morenci Education Foundation event is dedicated to long-time Morenci residents Jim and Patsy Barrett.

The Barrett family moved to Morenci around 1942. Jim graduated from Morenci Area High School in 1946. After graduation from Michigan State University he returned home to help with the family farm. In 1954 he enlisted in the Army where he was a paratrooper and was trained as a mechanic.

While he was stationed at Fort McPherson near Atlanta, Ga., Jim was introduced to a local widow named Patsy Porterfield, whose husband had been killed in the Korean War. The couple was married June 25, 1955, and they returned to Morenci after Jim was discharged from the army. They purchased a house near the former junior high building and had it moved to the family farm on Morenci Road.

Jim and Patsy have five children, Scott and Gary Porterfield, and David, Matthew and Jill Barrett.

The Barretts have been very active in the community. Jim has served on the Morenci Board of Education, the Morenci Area Hospital Board, Jaycees, Kiwanis and was a Mason. Patsy has been a volunteer with the Morenci Elementary School Mentors program for many years and has been a member of the Morenci Garden Club, Child Study Club and the Social Book Club for many years. She served as the director of Stair Public Library for many years.

The Barretts believe that Morenci has been a wonderful place to live and raise a family. They say that one of the biggest blessings of small town life is that when you experience something whether good or bad, you’re never alone because you have a multitude of family and friends by your side.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    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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