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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Merillat, Doyce

Written by David Green.

Doyce D. Merillat, 77, of Hudson, Mich., died Sept. 26, 2011, at his home.

He was born Jan. 26, 1934, in Medina Township, Mich., the son of John and Clara (Grime) Merillat. He married Roberta Mettert on Feb. 9, 1963, in Hudson, and she survives.

Doyce was a lifelong Hudson area resident and farmer. He was a member of FFA and Farm Bureau, and served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed hunting, fishing at Fletcher's Pond, family get-togethers, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Doyce is survived by a daughter, Judith (and Scott) Fitton of Pittsford, Mich.; three sons, Rick (and Sue) Wallace of Pittsford, Jack Wallace of Cement City, Mich. and Randy (and Tongi) Merillat of Bon Aqua, Tenn.; one sister, Velma Shaffer of Morenci, Mich.; two brothers, Dale (and Dorothy) Merillat and James (and Peggy) Merillat, both of Hudson; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Elizabeth Merillat, Myrtle Barber, May Marry and Marie Marry; and three brothers, Junior, Paul and Donald Merillat. 

     Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson with Rev. Donald Merillat officiating. Interment will follow in Lime Creek Cemetery.  Visitation is planned from 5 to 8 today (Wednesday) and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Hillsdale County.

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