FARMINGTON — Christine J. “Gram” Staples, 90, of Jay, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, April 9, at the Sandy River Center for Healthcare, where she had been a resident for the past year.

She was born March 8, 1921, in Jay, a daughter of Charles and Hazel (Smith) James. She attended local schools, graduating from Jay High School in 1938.

On June 1, 1940, she married Carlton E. Staples in Jay, where they made their home on Route 133. She worked several years at Livermore Falls Shoe, retiring in 1970. It was then she went to work as a homemaker to her beloved family and grandchildren.

She enjoyed vegetable and especially flower gardening, cooking, sewing and quilting. Family however was truly at the center of her life and there was no greater time for her than the time she was able to spend with them. She was also a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Livermore Falls.

Christine is survived by her son, Rodney Staples of Livermore Falls; grandchildren, Michael Staples of Jay and Kelley Lisherness and her husband, Scott, of Industry; great-grandchildren, Jacob Staples Ouellette of Livermore Falls, Joshua Merrick of Industry and Michael Staples of Jay; a sister, Helen Hall and her husband, Robert, of Jay; a brother, David James and his wife, Faye, of New Hampshire; a special niece, Donna Boone of Jay; and several other nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carlton on Oct. 1, 1987; and siblings, Richard, Kenneth, John and Merton James, Esther Pond, Myrtle Kenney, Ruth Staples and Pearl Losey.

Christine’s family wishes to extend a thank-you to all of the staff of Sandy River for their loving care during the year she was a resident there.

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