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Marylou Virginia Staples

October 21, 1932March 13, 2020

Marylou Virginia Staples of Tahlequah, Oklahoma passed away on March 13, 2020 in her home. She will always be remembered as a kind and loving mother, and good friend, to all that knew and loved her. She was born on October 21, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts to Albert and Lulu Stutz. On October 14th 1951, in Hackettstown, New Jersey she married her high school sweetheart Ford Staples Jr. Marylou was an extremely talented artist, seamstress, crafter, cook and baker. She loved making things for her children and grandchildren. While her husband, our father/grandfather, was alive Marylou cooked wholesome meals mostly from scratch and homemade desserts. Marylou loved to decorate no matter the holiday and was very clever when crafting gifts for birthdays. Her paintings were amazing pieces of art. Marylou is survived by children Debbie Staples of IN, Cathie Staples (Sue) of CA, Jeff Staples (Donna) of TX, Richard Staples of TX, Joni Bailey of TX, and Dianne Horn (Tom) of OK; grandchildren Rosemary Craig (Will), Melissa Rushin, Patricia Rushin, Olivia Griego (Kyle), Michael Horn (Hattie), Michael Butler (Kelly) and Vanessa Butler; great grandchildren Paige Davenport, Jesse Craig, Lincoln and Arya Griego, Marley Horn and Brayden Butler; niece Jeannie Donaldson and brothers and sisters in-laws. She was preceded in death by her husband Ford Staples Jr, brother Richard Beatty of NJ and brother Ed of Providence, RI. A private burial will take place in Frankford Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Society


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Elaine Voci

March 24, 2020

I had the genuine pleasure of talking on the phone with this quiet, kind woman when I interviewed her for John Sullivan’s celebration of life ceremony. Debbie asked me to include MaryLou and I was so glad I had a chance to hear her insights about John and to listen to her soft voice.

I can see where our dear friend, Debbie, gets her remarkable home decorating skills and the wonderful ways that Debbie’s hospitality has been given to us over the years. MaryLou passed these gifts on to her and we are the grateful beneficiaries.

To Debbie and Sue and the other family members, we affirm that “ Death ends a life but not a relationship “ and we send prayers to comfort your heavy hearts.
Love, Elaine, Al and Winky too

Debbie Staples

March 24, 2020

Mom, Every day I want to call and make sure you are doing ok with the current situation. And everyday since you passed, I had to stop and remember you won't be on the other end of the phone call. I really miss you.
I take comfort knowing that you are safe where you are and I won't have to worry so much about you. I'll still take that trip, to NJ, we talked about and I'll be sure to visit the seashore for you.
I hope you found Dad by now, and you are painting to your heart's content. I do have a favor to ask of you. Would you look for John and give him a huge hug from me. I miss him so much.
Love you, Mom, and thank you.

anne sullivan

March 23, 2020

John and I are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May your memories give you comfort during this difficult time. Our condolences to you and your family.