Mary B. Staley, 90, of Springfield, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at St. John’s Hospital. She was born October 21, 1921 in Springfield, IL to John F. and Geraldine Finley Waters. She married Charles W. “Pete” Staley in 1941. He preceded her in death. Her parents and sister, Irma Booker, also preceded her in death.
Mary was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. A week after her marriage, she began a faithful and loving vigil that lasted over 4 years for her husband, Pete, as he served in the Pacific in the U.S. Army during World War II. She was a devoted mother to her children and loyal daughter to parents throughout her long and blessed life. She was a loyal and loving sister to Betty and Irma. Mary doted on her grandchildren and on their children as well. She was a woman of faith who lived out her faith in charity for all she met. The power of her prayers enriched all our lives in Christ.
Survivors include a daughter, Chris (Art) Silver of Springfield and a son, Charles A. “Jay” (Martha) Staley of St. Louis, MO; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Art) Lamken of Springfield; two nieces, and several cousins.
Mary was a resident of Springfield and a member of St. Agnes Church.
She worked for the Selective Service from 1941 – 1946 and was secretary to Dr. Paul M. Caldwell from 1956 – 1987. Mary was employed by the Patricia Doyle Auction Gallery, where she was known to all as “Bubby”, at the time of her death.
Visitation: 4- 7 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at St. Agnes Church with Fr. Robert Jallas officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.