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6934 South Western Avenue
PO Box 891320
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
Fax: 405-634-3753
Delma Staples

Delma Staples

Wednesday, May 15th, 1940 - Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
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Delma Rhea Staples earned her angel wings on Wednesday at the age of 79. She was born in Oklahoma City to Morris and Juanita (Edwards) Shipman. On July 20, 1957, Delma married her one true love, Cecil Norman Staples & together shared more than 62 years of marriage & raising a family. In 1971, the family moved from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho to OKC. Delma worked for OKC Public Schools for more than 25 years before retiring. She was a longtime member of Southern Hills Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir and cooking for the youth camps at Falls Creek for 5 years. In her spare time, Delma also enjoyed hobbies such as gardening, crocheting, and sewing. Delma also enjoyed making cakes and cooking in general as she was a very talented cook. But nothing was as important to her as serving the Lord and spending time with her family. Delma was known for her love of cooking, playing cards and dominoes. She will be remembered for her delicious Christmas cookies, homemade candies, and funny wise crack jokes. She will be deeply missed by all.

Delma was preceded in death by her:
Parents: Juanita and Morris Shipman;
Brothers: Morris Shipman, Jr., Edward Shipman, Sr., Robert Shipman, and Pat Shipman;
Sister, Joann Corter.

Delma leaves behind her loving family:
Husband of 62 years, Cecil Staples; Daughter, Colleen Fitzgerald & husband, Martin;
Son, Mark Staples;
Son, Timothy Staples & wife, Dianna;
Grandchildren: Sarah Staples, Bethany Staples and her significant other Anthony Edwards, John Fitzgerald & wife, Elizabeth, Michael Fitzgerald, Ryan Staples & wife, Maquela, Austin Staples;
Great Grandchild: Alexander Fitzgerald;
Many other extended family and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Vondel Smith Mortuary at South Lakes
    4000 SW 119th Street
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, January 5th, 2020 12:00pm - 8:00pm
    Vondel Smith Mortuary at South Lakes
    4000 SW 119th Street
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    Family will be present to greet friends 5pm-7pm on Sunday.
  • Service

    Monday, January 6th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, January 6th, 2020 10:00am
    Southern Hills Baptist Church-Chapel
    8601 S. Pennsylvania
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    David Dumbleton
  • Interment

    Monday, January 6th, 2020 |
    Monday, January 6th, 2020
    Ft. Sill National Cemetery
    2648 Jake Dunn Road
    ELGIN, OK 73538
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Posted at 04:11pm
Dear Jack, Mark, Colleen, Tim, and Other Family,

We are so glad to have shared a lot of good memories with Delma! She was a caring and generous person and so devoted to Jack. Know that she cared about each of you so much! She treated the three of us like family. We remember the times she shared recipes, taughts us how to make Christmas candy, and invited us a few times to the Christmas get together. That was so special because our parents had passed. Tara still remembers when Delma decorated the table in pink and used her china to celebrate Tara's 16th birthday. We celebrated some birthdays and holidays at their house and our house and enjoyed,eating together, laughing, and playing dice, dominoes and cards, even if they did beat us often! Something that we admired about your mom is that she talked very little about disappointments and forgave others.
Lisa, Ron, and Tara Curb

Catherine Shreck

Posted at 07:31pm
Dear Colleen and Tim,
We love you all and am just so thankful for your family and the loving friendship we have shared since 1970. My parents, Gina and I loved having you all as "family". Mom enjoyed cooking with your Mom, visiting and just knowing that they could pick up the phone and catch up, laugh, and enjoy the time they got to talk about grandbabies, new recipes and the smiles of having a dear friend. I am thankful for our friendship and am keeping you all in my prayers. Your dear Mom will truly be missed. Love you, Cathe Shreck

Cathe and Steve Shreck

Posted at 06:15pm
Sending you our prayers and keeping you all in our thoughts. So very sorry for the loss of your dear Mom. Love you.
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Christine Jaroszewicz

Posted at 05:22pm
Our beloved Aunt Delma will be dearly missed. Prayers of love, Christine,Chandra, Eric Jaroszewicz and family
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Posted at 05:19pm
Colleen- we are thinking of you during this sorrowful time. Praying for you and your family.
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