CHARLESTON - Bertie Marie Staples, 76, died at 1 a.m. Oct. 25, 2005, at her residence.
Born Nov. 3, 1928, in Dell, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Burnie Calvin and Audra Mae Garrett Barber. Prior to moving to Charleston in 1964, she lived in Blytheville, Ark., where she owned and operated a beauty shop. Following her move to Charleston, she was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was employed from 1965 until her retirement in 1991, with First Security State Bank. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 137 in Sikeston, serving as worthy matron in 1974, V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary 4294 in Charleston, the Order of Eagles Auxiliary 3319 in Sikeston and the Mississippi County Historical Society. She appeared in 1974 in the Who's Who of Missouri publication.
In 1948, she married Larry Byrum who preceded her in death. On Nov. 14, 1964, she married Shirley G. Staples, who preceded her in death on June 20,1986.
One daughter, Katherine Cates; three brothers, Joe Barber, James C. Barber and Dennis W. Barber; three sisters, Flora Brock, Roth McClanahan and Grant Varnes; and one grandson, Paul Jason Cates, preceded her in death.
Survivors include: one daughter, Karen Byrum of Charleston; one son-in-law, Don Cates of Charleston; one brother, Richard Barber of Russellville, Ark.; one sister, Rose Bissell of Nashville, Ark.; one granddaughter, Audra Stallings of Charleston; one great-grandson, Dalton Stallings of Charleston; and a special friend, Vince Parres of Charleston.
Visitation is from 9 a.m. until funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston, with the Rev. Michael Brewer, pastor of Charleston First Baptist Church, officiating.
Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the Elmwood Cemetery in Blytheville, Ark.