Earlene Staples was born on June 26, 1946 to Grant and Earline Brown in Lexington, Miss. She died Nov. 4, and services were arranged by Cox and Cox Funeral Chapel on Nov. 12, and were held at the Calvary Christian Center Church.
She married David Staples, and the couple had five children.
In the late 60's in pursuit of a better life, they moved to Portland, and found employment.
Staples worked at the Dell Nursing Home, which is presently the Marquis Piedmont, for over 30 years, until her retirement this year.
She was a good mother who enjoyed cooking southern food such as fried chicken and collard greens. She loved to go fishing, play bingo and watch her favorite soap opera "The Young and The Restless."
Earlier this year she joined the Emanuel Church Of God In Christ congregation.
In the end, her heartfelt wish was to see Barrack Obama elected president of the United States. Her dream came true and she passed away quietly soon after his brilliant acceptance speech.
More than anything she loved being around her family and friends.
Preceding her in death was her father Grant Brown and her grandson Dennis Utuk.
She is survived by her husband: David Staples; daughters: Denise Brown, Lisa Staples, Dorothy Staples, Ann Staples, and Daisy Staples; mother: Earline Davis; sisters: Maddie Staples, Lillie Issac (Mitchell), Emma Ruffin, Marie Johnson (Roosevelt), Martha Robinson (Leand), Bobbie Brown, Ideal Ragland and Rosie Pilcher (Willie); brothers: John C. Brown, Lester Brown (Marcia) Grant Brown (Margaret) and Donnie Brown; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.