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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.

Walker, Thelma "Ann"

Written by David Green.

Thelma “Ann” Walker, 72, of N. Eagle St., Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 10, 2012, at Akron General Hospital in Akron, Ohio. 

She was born Sept. 22, 1939, in Waldron, Mich., to the late Howard and Eugenia (Lester) Phillips. She married Orland “Bud” Walker on May 11, 1990, and he preceded her in death Aug. 3, 2004.

Ann grew up in Waldron and graduated from Waldron High School in 1957. She was formerly employed at Fayette Tubular Products and also served as a bartender at Harry’s Tavern in Fayette for several years. She is remembered for her love of socializing with people, be it during a game of cards or her beloved Bingo. She also enjoyed crafting and spending her winters in Florida. Ann was a member of the American Legion and the Fraternal Eagles #1297 in Morenci.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Grant (and fiancé Kent Lester); two brothers, Charles “Sonny” (and Barb) Phillips of Fayette, and Richard (and Patricia) Phillips of Delta, Ohio; a sister, Deb (and Melvin) Schaedler of Waldron; grandchildren, Natasha (and Jeremy) Roberson of Lansing, Mich., Andrew Beaverson (and fiancée Jenna Figy), Ryan Sanford (and fiancée Jerrica Jacoby), Chad Sanford (and Lori Jaramillo), and Hillary Cox (and fiancé Mitchell Molina), all of Fayette; six great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Maurice Clark of Morenci, Mich., and Sonny New of Fayette; and a sister-in-law, Sharon Phillips of Waldron.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ann was preceded in death by a son, Mike Beaverson; a brother, Robert Phillips; and three sisters, Leora Clark, Jean Beaverson, and Eleanore “Tic” New.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Donald Crain officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday.

Memorial donations are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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