The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.

Whitburn, Betty

Written by David Green.

Betty L. Whitburn, 90, of E. Locust Street, Morenci, Mich., died Nov. 6, 2006 at Toledo Hospital.

She was born June 27, 1916 in Fayette, Ohio, the daughter of Vern and Ethel (Fortney) Gleason. She married Donald McCaskey in October 1935 and he preceded her in death in 1971. She then married George Whitburn in 1973, and he survives.

Betty was a homemaker who lived most of her life in the Morenci area. She was a member of the Sand Creek Community Church, the Morenci Senior Citizens Club, the Birthday Club and the Card Club.

Besides her husband, Betty is survived by two daughters, Connie Vinton of Tecumseh, Mich. and Carol (and Arnold) Smith of Morenci; three sons, Charles (and Grace) McCaskey and George (and Patricia) McCaskey, both of Morenci and Roger (and Jeanne) McCaskey of Osseo; a stepson, Merrill (and Diane) Whitburn of New York; two sisters, Virginia Whetro of Fayette and Phyllis Naylor of Adrian; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Besides her first husband, Betty was preceded in death by her parents and a grandchild.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

 

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