Barbara Virginia Staples

January 24, 1923 ~ October 16, 2013

Barbara was born in Bellingham, WA to Ella and Earl Brunner in January of 1923. She went home to Jesus Oct. 16. She graduated from Blaine High School and Whitman College.
Barbara married Wayne Staples in 1948 and lived in various places in California and Washington before moving to Vancouver, WA in 1960.
Barbara and Wayne owned Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel for 28 years.
She taught high school before her marriage and then resumed that career in 1966, teaching at Fort Vancouver High School until 1981.
Barbara was a 60-year member of PEO and a 50-year member of First Presbyterian Church.
She had lived at Glenwood Place since 2003,
She and Wayne had a summer home on Priest Lake, ID where they loved to spend time with their children and grandchildren.
Barbara is survived by four children and their families: Bob and Lisa Staples, Ruth and Logan Neibert, Kristie, Eric, Jessie, Josh and JJ Staples; Bob and Nancy Maben, Michelle and Brian Parrott, Dan, and Mark Maben; Kevin and Pam Staples, Scott, Lesley, Allison, Owen and Ruby Staples; Todd, Stacy, Addison and Charlie Staples; Jeff, Lauren, Vivienne and Benjamin Staples; Craig and Lori Staples, Kelly and Jordan LaFave, Joel, Alicia, Jordan and Kari Staples, as well as her brother and sister-in-law, Stan and Margie Brunner; and eight nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by Wayne; one grandchild, Jared; and one great-grandchild, Kyah.
Celebration of Life will be held Sun., Oct. 27 at 2:00 p.m. at 1st Evangelical Church, 4120 NE St. Johns Rd.
Memorial donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 23, 2013