Jeanne Staples

Jeanne Littlefield Staples, 93, of Statesville, North Carolina (formerly of Westwood, New Jersey), passed away on Wednesday, February 8th.

 Mrs. Staples was born December 14, 1918 in Atlanta, GA.  The only daughter of Judge and India Gormley Littlefield, she lived in Georgia, Florida, and Washington, DC before settling in Westwood, New Jersey where she married her beloved husband, the late Stanley Munro Staples.  There they raised three children before retiring to Statesville, North Carolina in 1981.

 She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Statesville, the Older Wiser Livelier Seniors (OWLS), the Eclectic book club, and Chapter S of the P.E.O. Sisterhood.  She also served as the hub of the “Traveling Grannies” who met weekly in her home. 

A past member of the Westwood United Methodist Church, Mrs. Staples had been very active in their Couples Club and was a former member of the Westwood Junior Women’s Club.  She worked for many years as a secretary in New York City for the Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company.  She remained a member of Camp K20 in Bear Mountain, New York where she summered with her family for more than fifty years.

She was the devoted mother of the late Nancy Jeanne Staples, and is survived by her son James Terry Staples and wife, Toby Raymer Staples of Statesville, North Carolina; her daughter, Beth Frances Staples of Westwood, New Jersey; her granddaughters, Nina Staples Lloyd and husband Wesley of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Rachel Jeanne Staples of Los Angeles, California; her great grandsons, Judge Weston Lloyd and Mattox Wilson Lloyd, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; her brother Jack Littlefield and wife, Helen, of Bartow, Florida; and her many, many friends.

A service celebrating her life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Statesville on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 10:30am. The family will receive friends following the service in the church parlor. Internment will be at the Westwood Cemetery in Westwood, New Jersey.  Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Fifth Street Ministries, P.O. Box 5217, Statesville, NC 28687, the Community Hospice of Pascack Valley, 105 Fairview Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675 or a charity of the donors choice.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

 Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the Staples Family.

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3 Responses to Jeanne Staples

  1. Jackie Sherrill says:

    Dear Jim, Toby, Nina, Rachel and Beth,
    A lovely and elegant lady is gone. I’m sorry.
    She always made you feel like you were so important- always you felt better when
    she left after a visit.
    Her love of her family will help you at this time. I’m sure she loved all of you so.
    It leaves a place in all of our hearts that cannot be filled and I suppose that’s as it
    should be.
    I will always think of her with love and appreciation for having known her.
    My love and prayers are with each of you.
    Most sincerely,
    Jackie Sherrill

  2. Linda Douglas Bollinger says:

    Dear Jim and families: My sincere condolenses to you in the loss of your Mother. Allow the Lord to wrap you in His loving arms and comfort you during this sad time.
    Losing parents remains a difficult time period in your life. But rest assured of her being in the presence of Angels and Jesus. Bless you.

  3. Margaret Pfranger says:

    Beth, God bless your Mom. She was a wonderful woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. Love, Margaret

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