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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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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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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    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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    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.

Mitchell, Iola

Written by David Green.

Iola Jean Mitchell, 79, of Muskegon, Mich., died March 20, 2007.

She was born March 28, 1927, in Morenci, Mich., to Charles and Olive (Drake) Fletcher. She married Ollie Mitchell on Oct. 20, 1946, and he preceded her in death in 1992.

Iola was an accountant for Adrian Glass Co. and Scien-Temp Corp., until retiring in 1983. She was a member of Unity United Methodist Church, and past accountant for Unity UMC. She enjoyed photography, painting and gardening.

Iola is survived by two sons, Steve (and Shelly) Mitchell of Muskegon and Brian (and Terry) Mitchell of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Linda (and Bud) Lamb of Muskegon and Diana (and Butch) Johnson of Illinois; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Delora Ehlinger and Sarah Johnson, both of Morenci; two sisters-in-law, Virginia (and Cecil) Rye of Alabama and Gertie Mitchell of Adrian; two brothers, Rex (and Ruby) Fletcher of Florida and Elwood Fletcher of Adrian; and very special friend and companion, Al Longnecker of Fremont.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph in 1990; and a granddaughter, Tina Puffer, in 2006.

Funeral services were March 24 at Clock Chapel in Muskegon with pastor Nancy Besemer officiating. Burial was in E. Dalton-Oakhill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Unity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

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