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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.

King, Grace

Written by David Green.

Grace King, 97, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 1, 2013, at the Fulton Manor in Wauseon. She was born Aug. 6, 1915, in rural Pettisville, Ohio, the only daughter of Charles and Hannah (Freyenberger) Schmucker.  In 1938, she married Willard Wyse King.

Grace and Willard raised their family on a dairy farm north of Pettisville.  In 1980, they moved to a farm northwest of Wauseon, in Chesterfield Township.

Grace and Willard were members of the West Clinton Mennonite Church and in the 1940s helped establish Springfield Township Mennonite Church near Toledo, Ohio, serving there faithfully for 30 years. They later became members of Inlet Mennonite Church in Chesterfield Township. 

Grace will be remembered for her faith, courage, love and prayers for others. She cherished the time she could spend with her family, whether at ball games, vacations, graduations or weddings.

Grace continued to live on the farm after Willard died until July 2011, when she suffered a stroke which affected her speech and mobility. She moved to Fulton Manor in Wauseon. Although her mind was clear, it was difficult for her to communicate. She kept her sense of humor and a ready smile, a sign of the deep peace within her heart.

Grace is survived by three children, Charlene (and Will) VanPelt of Columbiana, Ohio, Judy (and Wendell) Selzer of Kansas City, Mo., and Dan (and Lynette) King of Minooka, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three children, Robert Eugene, Ruth Ann and David Lee; a grandson, Justin King; and four brothers, George, Harold, Earl and Carl Schmucker.

A celebration of Grace's life is planned at the West Clinton Mennonite Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, with Rick Jones officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Burial will take place at the Pettisville Cemetery prior to the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Youth For Christ or the National Aphasia Association.

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