The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Riviere, Phyllis

Written by David Green.

Phyllis B. Riviere, 89, of Fayette, Ohio, died March 16, 2013, at the Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice in Defiance, Ohio.

She was born June 18, 1923, in Lenawee County, Mich., the daughter of Roy and Stella (Votzke) Campbell. She married Oscar Riviere on April 21, 1946, in Clayton, Mich., and he preceded her in death April 16, 1993.

Phyllis grew up in rural Lenawee County, Mich., attending many one-room schools, and she graduated from Clayton High School. She worked in factories after high school to support the war effort and continued to be part of the first generation of women to work outside the home.

She was a long-time member of the Fayette United Methodist Church and was active in the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was a fixture on Main Street each May, selling poppies for the veterans. For many years she served as a counselor at Buckeye Girls State, where she had a positive impact on many young women as they learned about the government. When her husband developed a rare blood disease and needed frequent transfusions, she became a volunteer and worked tirelessly for the American Red Cross Blood drive scheduled each quarter in Fayette. Phyllis was also active in many community events, and was one of the founding members of the annual Bull Thistle Festival.

Phyllis is survived by a son, Hervie (and Nancy) Riviere of Gloucester, Va.; three daughters, Diana (and Thomas) Evans of Archbold, Ohio, Joyce (and Jerry) Johnson of Whitehouse, Ohio, and Candace (and Michael) Stewart of Hobe Sound, Fla.; one brother, Lavon Campbell of Fayette, and a sister, Jean Ives, of Vancouver, Wash.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Merton, Roy and Paul Campbell; a sister, Ellen Dyvorski; and a great-grandson Travis Morr.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Kathy Currier officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church Family Life Center building fund, the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department, or the Community Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance.

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