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Nora Jane Bair, 90, a former resident of Green Township in Noble County, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011, at North Ridge Village Nursing Home in Albion following an extended illness.
Ms. Bair was born Feb. 8, 1921 in Noble County, a daughter of Ebony E. and Ada (Haney) Bair. A 1939 graduate of Churubusco High School, she graduated from business college in Fort Wayne, and spent all of her life on the family farm in Green Township.
As a young woman she was employed at General Electric in Fort Wayne, and retired after over 30 years from the offices of Albion Production Credit Association. A member of the Merriam Christian Chapel, she had served as the treasurer of its missions board and was also the coordinator for church funeral dinners. An accomplished seamstress, she had made gowns for countless weddings and events over the years, and made the first drapes for the baptistery of her church.
Because of her sewing abilities, she served as a judge for the 4-H dress revue for many years, and had also volunteered in the office at the Noble County 4-H Fair. She enjoyed watching sporting events, and especially enjoyed watching her nieces and nephews in athletic competitions.
The surviving relatives include her sister, Mary Lois Edwards of Albion; a sister-in-law, Anita Bair of Churubusco; 16 nieces and nephews; and several great- and great-great nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Delanoy; and by three brothers, Ralph L. Bair, Paul Bair, Sr. and Lynn I. Bair.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Merriam Christian Chapel, with Pastor Terry L. Zolman, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday or at the church one hour prior to the service Monday morning.
Interment will be in the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Merriam Christian Chapel Missions Fund; or to Shrinerâ€™s Hospital For Children.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Ms. Bairâ€™s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net.