Phyllis J. Staples, 92: World War II shipyard worker, loved music and singing

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PORTLAND — Phyllis Jean Staples, 92, of Portland, died Oct. 3 at the Maine Medical Center.

She was born in Houlton on Aug. 3, 1921, the daughter of James and Alveretta McGann. She grew up in Houlton before moving to Portland with her family in her teens.

Staples worked at the shipyard in South Portland during World War II and later worked for more than 20 years in housekeeping at Maine Medical Center. She enjoyed the simple things in life as well as music, singing and spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Clarence F. Staples, and her sister Beatrice Junko.

She is survived by her six children, Leroy Stover, Gloria Jackson, Allen Stover, Matthew Stover, James Staples and Thomas Staples; her sisters, Mildred, Doris; her brother, Ronald, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Park Danforth, Portland Center for Assisted Living and Maine Medical Center.

Visiting hours were held Oct. 7 followed by a funeral service at A.T. Hutchins Funeral and Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 8, at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress St., in Portland.

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