Marguerite Staples

SWAN’S ISLAND – Marguerite Staples, 97, died Feb. 16, 2017, at a Bangor nursing home. She was born on Swan’s Island, Oct. 29, 1919, the daughter of Chester and Bessie (Herrick) Joyce.

Marguerite was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She married Norman Staples on Dec. 24, 1942, and they were happily married for 60 years. She was deeply devoted to her church. She enjoyed participating in Ladies’ Aide, teaching Sunday school, attending weekly services and volunteering. She was a gifted cook and was great at solving crossword puzzles. Marguerite enjoyed gardening, bird watching and riding around the Island. She often passed her time crocheting and watching game shows on TV. Her family has many fond memories of looking at old pictures with her and hearing stories from long ago.

She is survived by her three sons, Terry Staples and his life partner, Joanna Kohler, of Swan’s Island, Peter Staples and wife, Theolyn, of Bangor, and Timothy Staples and wife, Susan, of Standish; eight grandchildren, Terrie-Jo Sinclair, Christopher Staples, Keith Staples, Shelly Morin, Allison Kahkonen, William Staples, Zachary Staples and Rhonda Ranquist; many special great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Norman; daughter Judith; brothers Keith and Roy Joyce; sisters Alice Burns and Gladys Joyce.

Friends and family are invited for visitation 2 to 4 p.m., Feb. 19, 2017, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. A funeral service and burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marguerite’s memory may be made to the Atlantic Baptist Church Annex Fund, 351 Minturn Road, Swan’s Island, ME 04685.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sylvia Ross where she resided for the last three years.

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