Jessie O. Staples, 96, of Stonington passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 10:50am in Meadow Manor Nursing Home in Taylorville.  She was born June 18, 1915 in Stonington, the daughter of Edward and Minnie Sloan Watson.  She married Virgil W. Staples in December, 1933 in Indianapolis, IN. and he preceded her in death in April, 1979.  Mrs. Staples was a homemaker and had been employed as a clerk at Letcher's Store in Stonington and Podeschi's in Taylorville.  She was a member of the Stonington United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her sons:  Cloyd Staples and wife Mary Kay of Aniston, AL. and Michael W. Staples and wife Beverly of Griffin, GA.; sisters, Algeria "Gig" Letcher and husband George of Stonington, Eleanor Oliver of Mattoon and Lucille Duvall of Clackamas, OR.; 4 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 3, 2012 at 11:00am at Stonington United Methodist Church with rev. Ray Radae officiating.  Burial will be in Old Stonington Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Friday, February 3, 2012 from 10:00am until time of service in the church on Friday.

Memorials may be made to Stonington United Methodist Church 304 N. Elm Stonington, IL. 62567.  Condolences may be sent online at

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