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.

Ferris, Winona

Written by David Green.

Winona L. Ferris, 92, of rural Morenci, Mich., died March 26, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born April 29, 1920, in Fairfield Township, Mich., to the late Orde and Ilah (Omstead) Riley. She married Lloyd R. Ferris on Sept. 20, 1938, in Adrian, Mich., and he preceded her in death on May 3, 1976.

Winona graduated from Morenci High School in 1938 and lived her entire life in the Morenci area. She was employed with Morenci Rubber Products for 28 years, retiring in April 1987. Winona dearly loved her family, and everyone was always welcome into her home. She enjoyed tending to her flower gardens and watching hummingbirds.

Surviving are a son, Richard Ferris, of Morenci; a daughter, Joann (and Albert) Schmidt of Morenci; three grandchildren, Marvin (and Sandy) Schmidt of Camden, Mich., Cindy (and Burt) Fellows of Waldron, Mich., and Connie (and John) Byard of Morenci; five great grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Winifred “Winkie” Barnes.

A celebration of her life is planned at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. Bill VanValkenburg officiating. Visitation will precede the service, starting at 3 p.m.

In accordance with Winona's wishes, cremation has taken place and interment of her remains will be scheduled later at East Lime Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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