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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    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.

Thompson, Barbara

Written by David Green.

Barbara Ann Thompson of Tulsa, Okla., died May 2, 2012, following a battle with multiple health issues.

Barbara was born in Detroit, Mich., to Stephen and Adelaide Sarnac. She grew up in Fayette, Ohio, where her family owned and operated a manufacturing business.

Barbara attended Nazareth Academy in Nazareth, Mich. Prior to getting married  and starting a family, she headed the family business, traveling the country, and working as the lead sales associate.  After marrying and moving to the Tulsa area, she worked as a secretary for Bishop Kelley High School, Church of Saint Benedict, Christ the King Catholic Parish and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.  

She lived in the Tulsa area the majority of her adult life and was known as a devout Catholic, with her faith serving as the cornerstone of her life.  

Barbara was a champion and great advocate for those with developmental disabilities. She was passionate about the rights and dignity of care for those that often could not speak for themselves. As their voice, she fought and won numerous battles resulting in many positive changes for those with disabilities.  

Barbara is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann Bush of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Susan Marie Thompson of Tulsa, Okla.; two granddaughters, Lauren and Reagan Bush; son-in-law, Jeff Bush; two brothers, Michael Sarnac of Richmond, Va., and Peter Sarnac of South Bend, Ind.; and two sisters, Terry Ames of Phoenix, Ariz., and Julie Conklin of Wyoming, Pa. 

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary Lou and Jean; and brothers Stephen and Joe.  

A rosary and visitation service is planned at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial Chapel, in South Tulsa. A funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. Monday, May 7, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Tulsa. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, 815 S. Utica Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104.

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