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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.

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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