Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 3, 2012

Mary Jo Staple


MT. VERNON — — Mary Jo Staples, 75, of Mt. Vernon, died at 5:05 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at White Oak Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon.

She was born Monday, Sept. 20, 1937, in Blairsville, the daughter of Clarence O. and Ruth Bernadine (Cocke) Odell. She married Leroy Staples in Mt. Vernon in 1954, and he preceded her in death on June 3, 1991.

Mary Jo was a homemaker and a member of Howard Community Chapel in Mt. Vernon.

She is survived by sister, Edna “Gerri” Boone of Mt. Vernon; brother and sister-in-law, Clarence Eugene and Relda Odell of Opdyke; several nieces and nephews, including special nephew, Christopher Staples and wife Crissy of Liberal, Kan.; and sister-in-law, Sharon Odell of Calimesa, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son, David Lee Staples; nephew, Jack Lee Smith; and brother, Cloyd I. Odell.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Dennis Myers officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn.

Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.

For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Howard Community Chapel and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.