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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Keller, Marian

Written by David Green.

Marian Marie Keller, 83, formerly of Morenci, Mich., died April 17, 2010.

She was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Palmyra, Mich., the daughter of Forrest and Genevieve (Ash) Snyder. She married Robert Keller on Dec. 17, 1967, and he preceded her in death Sept. 9, 2001.

Marian graduated from Adrian High School in 1944. She was a very active member of the Morenci area community, and was a busy wife in agricultural sales for many years with her husband Bob at Keller’s Supply, Inc., in Morenci.

She and her husband were well known by the United Methodist Church members in Morenci, where Marian provided her cooking talent for large groups and prepared meals for many social gatherings. She was always generous in the gift of her time and talents by serving the church in rummage sales, and was a member of the Triangle Club in Morenci.

Marian moved to Indiana in 2003, to live near her son, Ernie, and daughter-in-law Anne, residing at Grace Village Assisted Living in Winona Lake, Ind. She enjoyed playing pepper and euchre with many of the residents and enjoyed the musical talents at the weekly jam sessions which she rarely missed. She returned to Michigan in December 2009 to live at Grand Court in Adrian.

Marian is survived by  three children, Gerald Knierim of Zephyrhills, Fla., Diane (and Larry) Lakatos of Adrian, and Ernie (and Anne) Keller of Warsaw, Ind.; four step-children, Doug (and Janet) Keller of Douglasville, Ga., Carol (and Paul) Schwartz of Dublin, Ohio, Dave (and Deborah) Keller of Adrian and Dan (and Jackie) Keller of Fayette; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband of 34 years, she was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Earl; and a twin sister, Meredith in infancy.

Funeral services were April 20, at Morenci United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Burstall and Rev. Alan Hanson officiating. Interment followed in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Morenci United Methodist Church or Hospice of Lenawee County.

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