Charlene A. Stapleton
Charlene Ann Stapleton, a life-long resident of Baxter Springs, KS, passed away at her home on September 9th, 2019. She was a pillar in the community and had a servant's heart. She helped those around her and beyond every day of her life.
Charlene was born on July 26th, 1940, in Baxter Springs. Charlene was born to John Edwin Hess and Frances Louise Thomas Hess. She attended Baxter Springs schools and graduated in 1958. She attended Joplin Business College, in 1959, and worked at Empire District Electric Company.
She married Clarence Ray Hill in July 1959, and they were married for over 36 years. Clarence passed away in October of 1995. She married Charles "Chuck" LeRoy Stapleton on November 2, 2002.
Clarence and Charlene owned and operated FoodFair Grocery Store from 1971-1978 at 12th and Military, in Baxter Springs. FoodFair was later changed to True Value Hardware in 1978. Charlene was the best plumber, paint-mixer, and pipe cutter around. She definitely knew her hardware.
She is survived by her husband, Charles "Chuck" Stapleton, of the home. One daughter, Lisa Hill Clark and husband, Rick, of Hot Springs, AR. One son, Mark Hill and wife, Laura, of Marietta, GA. One step-son, Chad Stapleton and wife, Stephanie, of Galena, KS. Two siblings: one sister, Geniene Kuehn, of Baxter Springs, and one brother, John Edwin Hess II and wife, Shirley, of Wagoner, OK. Charlene is also survived by three grandchildren: grandson, Connor Lawrence Hill, of Atlanta, GA, grandson, Colby Austin Clark and wife, Megan, of Fayetteville, AR, and granddaughter, Taylor Anne Hill, of Dothan, AL; and one great-grandson, Beckham Lane Clark. Four step-grandchildren, Jared Lee Clark and family and Janae Renee Schoonover and family, of Grove, OK, Cade Stapleton and Cadie Stapleton, of Galena, KS. As well as many well-loved nieces and nephews and extended family. Charlene loved life and her family.
Charlene is preceded in death by her parents, John and Frances Hess; husband, Clarence Hill; brother-in-law, Charles F. Kuehn Jr.
Charlene was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church all her life and was very active there, including teaching Cathechism classes for many years. She was the treasurer of the St. Joseph Alter Society for many years. She also served on the Baxter Springs Historical Museum board.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 13, at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel. Father Jeremy Huser and Father Chrysostom Ah Maung will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow in the Lowell Cemetery. Rosary will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 12, at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel, with visitation to follow starting at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Eternal World Television Network(EWTN), in care of the funeral home.
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Published on September 11, 2019


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Melissa Cassel
Oct 08, 2019
She was a very loving and wonderful person . Charlene was always willing to help you . I know she helped me several times. I know that she went to heaven. She was an angel in disguised . She was always doing something to help someone .
Reva Lovelady
Sep 22, 2019
I am saddened and shocked as I learned about Charlene’s death quite by accident. She had been on my mind for a while so I just googled her. My sincere condolences to all her family and friends. She will be missed by all from the class of 1958 and everyone who ever knew her.
Jan Bolin
Sep 19, 2019
Charlene of the greatest women I’ve ever met. Charlene was an angel disguised as a hardworking woman helping everyone she met. She was a role model for community service. She will be missed by so many but we all know where she is now!