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Procter Center would like to acknowledge some of our wonderful staff members and their accomplishments this year. Earlier this year McKayla Wilson (Senior) was named Homecoming queen at Madison Plains High School. Madison Pickens (Senior) received the Merit for Honor Roll. Lexi Bayliss (Junior) was named to the National Honor Society. While these young ladies were working hard in the classroom, they found time to help out in the Procter Kitchen. Congratulations!

 ~ submitted by Brandon Howard


When the Rev. John Agbaje and the congregation of St. Andrew’s, Evanston, held their Celebration of New Ministry on Oct. 5, Agbaje received a special honor when Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley declared Oct. 5 “The Rev. John Agbaje Day” in the city of Cincinnati. Agbaje, at right, received a certificate of the declaration from deputy mayor David Mann, left.


Richardson weddingCongratulations to the Rev. Christopher Richardson and Sheena Loudy, who were married at St. Mark’s, Columbus on Dec. 6.



The Rev. Cricket Park has been called as Rector of Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, MD. Her last Sunday at St Patrick’s, Dublin is Jan. 11.

The Rev. Charles Wilson has been called as Rector of St Philip’s, Columbus. His last Sunday at St Peter’s, Delaware, is Dec. 28; he begins his new ministry at St. Philip’s Jan. 1.

The Rev. Anne Wrider retired as Priest in charge at Indian Hill Church on Nov. 30. She will remain in the Cincinnati area.



The Rev. Donald (“Mel”) M. Nickson, beloved husband of 67 years to Billie Nickson, died Nov. 28 at the age of 90 years. Nickson served the Church of the Good Shepherd, Norwood; St. Mark’s, Oakley; The Bishop Reese Home in Clifton and the Marjorie P. Lee Home in Hyde Park. He also served in the United States Army during WWII, during which time he was awarded the “Bronze Star Award” for meritorious service.

He is survived by children Nancy (Tim) McFadden, Wayne (Stephanie) Nickson, Malcolm (Jeanine) Nickson, James (Apryle) Nickson, Patricia (Steve Fausey) Nickson and Barbara (Michael) Burk, 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Vitas or to the Disabled American Veterans.

A Resurrection Celebration will be held Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Marjorie P. Lee Home, 3550 Shaw Avenue Hyde Park 45208. Don was chaplain at Marjorie P. Lee for 29 years and the chapel there was dedicated to his ministry.

Holy Communion will be celebrated, and memories of Don will be shared. Immediately following the service, the family will receive friends in the library.

The Rev. Robert Graves, a priest of the diocese for many years, died Nov. 15 at the age of 76. He is survived by two daughters, Jennifer and Elizabeth, and one sister. A graveside service was held at Middletown Cemetery in Louisville, KY on Dec. 12.

Dr. Richard (Dick) Paulus died Nov. 27 after a brief bout with cancer. He was 80 years old. Paulus is survived by his wife of 33 years, the Rev. Ruth Paulus, rector of St. Christopher’s, Fairborn; children Renee (Ron) Mong, Rick (Annette) Paulus, Linda (Rick) Howell, Theresa (Doug) Slater, Dan (Mary) Paulus, Tim (Julie) Paulus, Mitch (Mindy) Paulus, Beth (Alan) Bayard, Katie Denton, and Matt (Mary) Paulus; step-daughter Jennifer (Alan) Ball; 39 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Dec. 13 at St. Christopher’s and a second service will be held on Dec. 27 at St. James, Piqua. Donations may be made to Senior Independence Hospice or to St. Christopher’s Church.

Barbara Ehman, the mother of Dean Gail Greenwell, died Dec. 9 after a long illness. She was 89 years old. She is survived by her four children and eight grandchildren.