OAKLAND - Sharon Mae Staples, 62, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer while continuing to keep her faith in God. She was born on Sept. 9, 1951, in Waterville, the youngest child of Elsie (Snow) Dority and the late Elbridge Snow Sr. She married Joe Staples Sr. of Palermo on May 3, 1969, who passed away in 2005.
Sharon spent most of her years as a homemaker, while caring for foster children. She loved knitting and crocheting, mostly afghans. She donated many of them to a local nursing home, as well giving them to family and friends. She was a member of The Old Time Pentecostal Blood Bought Church of Oakland, where she was always active, helping with any work wherever she was needed.
She will be remembered for her faithfulness to her Lord and her church. Sharon loved life, but even more so, she loved her family. She showered her love and joy to all. She was an unstoppable force, always on the go, always doing for others, but now she is finally at rest. She will be missed by many, especially her close friend, Sandy Winson, and special friend, Marilyn.
She is survived by three loving children, Joe Staples Jr., and his companion, Olivia, of Somerville; Angie Cunningham and husband Matt, of South China; and Damien Staples, of South China; her mother, Elsie Dority, of Waterville; her brother, Elbridge Snow Jr., and wife Ann,of Somerville; two sisters, Joyce Stevens and husband Gene, of Oakland, and Patti Wood and husband David, of Texas; three cherished grandchildren, Stephanie Cunningham, Shaine Staples and Aaric Staples; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her kitty, Precious.
The family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful Dr. Andre Nadeau and his staff at Nadeau Chiropractic & Wellness Center as well as her amazing PCP, Dr. Cheryl Seymour, and her staff at Family Medicine Institute. A special thank-you to MaineGeneral HomeCare and Hospice staff. They were caring, efficient, kind and helpful, especially, Deb, Kathy and Lori. It was also a great comfort to see such compassionate care given to her in the final days of her life's journey at the Alfond Center for Health on 2 West, you were all very awesome.
There will be a private celebration of her going home at her church on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 3 p.m. with friends and family.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.