Harris, Mary

Mary Elizabeth Harris, 93, of Meadow Dr., Morenci, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, at her home. She was born Oct. 6, 1912, in Carrollton, Ohio, to Joseph H. and Maud (Baird) McElroy. She married Robert V. Harris on Aug. 16, 1936, in Carrollton and he preceded her in death in March 1987.

Mary graduated from Carrollton High School’s Class of 1930 and attended her 75th class reunion in 2005. She received a bachelor of arts degree in education from Adrian College in 1935 and a master’s degree from the University of Toledo in 1960.

Mary was a school teacher for Lyons (Ohio) High School for several years, retiring from Chesterfield Middle School in the Evergreen School District in 1977 with more than 26 years of service.

She was an avid reader and had a reputation as a well-read person. Clubs and groups in the area have enjoyed poetry programs she presented, reading works from her own library and from books once owned by her mother who also loved reading. She was a member of the Morenci First Congregational Church and a volunteer for the HOSTS reading program at Morenci Elementary School.

She is survived by one son, Robert (and Connie) Harris of Tellico Plains, Tenn., and one daughter, Molly (and Richard) LeFaive of Ocean Pines, Md.; one sister, Ruth J. Downer, of Morenci; four grandchildren, Kenneth R. (and Laurie) LeFaive, Ruth E. LeFaive, Tobin J. (and Paula) Harris and Jason C. (and Rachel) Harris, and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister and three brothers.

Memorial services are planned at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Morenci First Congregational Church with the Rev. Jack Cahill officiating. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at the church and continue until the service begins. Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested for Stair Public Library or the Morenci First Congregational Church.

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    NICE WORK—A spider remains at the center of a web, awaiting visitors, during a moist morning last month. The was built in front of Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci.
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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.