Graybill, Ernestene

Written by David Green.

Ernestene Juanita Graybill, 66, of rural Hudson, Mich., died at home July 3 surrounded by loved ones.

She was born Sept. 18, 1943, to James and Marjorie (Doriell) Brooks. She graduated from Tecumseh High School in 1961.

Ernestene married Maurice Olin Graybill Dec. 21, 1963, and they were married 33 years.

She worked 20 years at Fayette Tubular Products and she was the owner/operator of A GraySwan Quilt shop.

She was a long standing member of Canandaigua Community Church. She started the youth group at the church and served as director for many years. She enjoyed spending time talking to everyone she knew. She also enjoyed quilting, card games and vacationing with her family.

Ernestene is survived by four children, Peggy (and Randy) Swander of Clayton,  Mich., Linda (and Josef) Swaney of Navarre Fla., James (and Debbie) Graybill of Hubbard Ohio, and Juanita (and Jamie) Kelley of Adrian, Mich.; five grandchildren, Nicholas, Nathan and Noah Swander of Clayton, and Ashley Swaney and Maurice Graybill of Navarre; two brothers, Tom Brooks of Onsted, Mich., and Ivan (and Velma) Brooks of Carleton, Mich.; four sisters, Donna Steele of Jonesville, Mich., Ruth Westgate of Onsted, Ann Rice of Onsted and Carol Brooks of Adrian; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, James Brooks; and one sister, Mary Louella Stump.

Funeral services are planned at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at Brown VanHemert Funeral Home in Hudson, with Pastor Jerry Hoffman officiating. Dinner will follow at Canandaigua Community Church. Interment will be in the Canandaigua Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Memorials are suggested to Canandaigua Community Church.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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