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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

Sutton, Russell

Written by David Green.

Russell H. Sutton, 87, of North Street., Morenci, Mich., died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at Toledo Hospital.

He was born April 3, 1919, in Morenci to LeRoy and Lutie (Bell) Sutton.  He married Betty Markley on Nov. 4, 1941, in Adrian, Mich., and she survives.

Russell was a life-long farmer in the Morenci area and attended the Morenci First Congregational Church.  He graduated from Morenci High School in 1937 and attended Michigan State College. 

Surviving Russell besides his wife, Betty, of Morenci, is one daughter, Carol (and Peter) Zyk of Huntersville, N.C.; two sons, Jon (and Barbara) Sutton of Traverse City, Mich., and Thomas A. (and Kim) Sutton of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; three grandchildren, Sgt. Ben (and Tammy) Sutton, Sarah Sutton and Russell Thomas Sutton; two step grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lorna Brockway; and five brothers, Wayne, Paul, Donald, Karl and Stanley Sutton.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Morenci First Congregational Church with Rev. Jack Cahill officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. 

Visitation is planned from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions to Morenci First Congregational Church.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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