Linda Staples


Linda L. Neal Staples, 66 years, 10 months and 29 days, of Columbus, Indiana, died at her home at 1:50 a.m. June, 21, 2016, after a long battle with heart problems.

Linda was born to Dennis R. and Thelma I. (Mears) Neal (both deceased) Aug. 23, 1949, at a doctor’s office above a drug store in Jamestown, Tennessee. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1967 and from the Bel Mor Beauty Academy of Columbus in 1968. She married Roy E. (Ed) Staples April 3, 1976, at the Elizabethtown Christian Church.

Linda worked in several beauty shops in the Columbus area, and was later part owner and secretary of N&S Patterns Inc. of Columbus until its closing. She later became a stay-at-home housewife where she enjoyed working in her flower beds, home and taking care of her mother.

Linda was very talented and had a lot of interests including, cross stitching, oil painting, crochet, old movies and trivia. She also enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and loved to go to Sunday School class. Linda was a member of several organizations including, the Elizabethtown Christian Church, Order of the Eastern Star Columbus Chapter and the Fellowship Sunday School Class. Linda stated that her family was her life. She enjoyed spending time with them and playing games during holiday get togethers.

Linda’s funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Myers‐Reed Chapel with Doran Chambers officiating. Burial will follow in Vernon Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday.

Donations can be made on Linda’s behalf to the Elizabethtown Christian Church. Online tributes may be sent to Linda’s family at www.myers‐

Survivors including her husband, Ed; a sister, Diane (Eddie) Burris of Columbus; two sons, Matt (Lauri Ritchie) Staples of North Vernon and Mike Staples of New Washington; a daughter, Amanda (John) Roark of Scipio; seven grandchildren, Ashley (TJ) Perkins and Lane Staples both of North Vernon, Brayton Chastain of Columbus, Emily, Mason and Megan Roark of Scipio and Abagail Land, also of Scipio; two great-granddaughters, Zoey and Aubrey Perkins of North Vernon.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Madison E. Staples.