Anniversary: Babe & Pauline Jones 02.24.2010

Written by David Green.

Melvin (Babe) and Pauline Jones of Fayette, Ohio, will celebrate 70 years of marriage. The couple was united in marriage March 2, 1940, and they continue to be each other’s best friends. anniv.jones.jpg

Babe and Pauline have lived in Fayette most of those 70 years and have been active members of the community. Babe runs a small manufacturing business, and Pauline worked as a librarian for many years. Retirement wasn’t part of their plans, so they both continue to work in one form or another. Pauline volunteers at Serenity Haven, and Babe continues to head off to the office every day. 

Anyone acquainted with them knows that the center court line was “home” to them over all the years of high school basketball. No matter which grandkid was handling a ball, running a course, or participating in a school event, they were there.

Babe and Pauline have two children, Jamie and Sandy Jones of Big Rapids, Mich., and Jim and Joyce Fruchey of Fayette. They also have two grandsons Brian (and Lesley) Fruchey and Corey (and Melanie) Fruchey, both of Fayette,  and great-grandchildren, Hailey and Dustin Tuley of Hampstead, N.C., Mackenzie, Alexis, Kelsey and Trista of Fayette, and two step-grandchildren, Tyler and Katelyn Downing, also of Fayette.

Due to health issues, Babe and Pauline will celebrate quietly at home. Cards and notes of congratulations may be sent to P.O. Box 331, Fayette, OH 43521.

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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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