December 24, 2013


Gail Staples, 76, of Clarion, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at her home.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at St. John Catholic Church, 608 2nd Avenue North East in Clarion, with Father Nils Hernandez officiating. Burial will be at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Arcadia at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East, in Clarion with a scriptural wake service beginning at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Gail Marie (Staples) Long was born Aug. 14, 1937, to Lambert and Marie (Sporrer) Long in Templeton. Gail graduated from Templeton High School.

Gail married Don Staples on June 21, 1958, and to this union, nine children were born.

Gail was a homemaker for many years, taking care of the children. She later worked at K-Mart in Carroll, and when the family moved to Clarion, she worked alongside Don at the locker until they sold it in 1998.

Gail loved sewing, quilting and embroidery. She made doll clothes for her grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening and watching television; QVC, "Duck Dynasty," "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" were among her favorites.

Gail was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Clarion, where she participated in the quilting group every Thursday as her health allowed her, and formerly a member of St. John in Arcadia. She was active in Catholic Daughters while in Arcadia.

Gail is survived by her children Steve Staples of Arcadia, Iowa, Mike Staples of Krum, Texas, Nancy (Jim) Herrig of Wall Lake, Iowa, Donna (Ron) Petersen of Carroll, Iowa, Joan Fleener of Wall Lake, Lisa (Marty) Beachy of Britt, Iowa, Susie (fiance' Ronnie Barnett) Bird of Ute, Iowa, and Kevin (Karen) Staples of Goldfield, Iowa; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Carol (Wayne) Molak Eich of Arcadia; one brother-in-law, Clete Behrens of Carroll; 10 nieces and nephews; other family members and friends.

Gail was preceded in death by her husband, Don, in October 2013; her daughter Sherri Greenlee; her parents, Lambert and Marie Long; parents-in-law, Ted and Margaret Staples; her sister Sandy Behrens; and a brother-in-law, Frank Molak.