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.

Downer, Ruth

Written by David Green.

Ruth Downer, 93, of Morenci, Mich., died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Fulton Manor in Wauseon, Ohio. 

She was born Nov. 28, 1919, in Carrollton, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Maud (Baird) McElroy.  She married Julian Yocom who preceded her in death in 1943.  On Jan. 14, 1949, in Morenci, she married Burke Downer. He preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1982.

Ruth was a 1942 graduate of Ohio State University. She has been a resident of Morenci since 1947, and a member of the Morenci First Congregational Church.  Ruth was formerly employed at Parker Rust Proof Company in Morenci from where she retired after 32 years of service in 1980.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her husbands, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Flora McElroy and Mary Harris; and three brothers, Joseph, Harold, and Lee McElroy.

A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m.  Sunday, Dec. 2, at the First Congregational Church in Morenci, with Rev. Jack Cahill officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci First Congregational Church or to Stair Public Library.

Arrangements were through the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. 

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