Born January 16, 1936 in Portsmouth, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Norma Francisco Staten, was a graduate of Portsmouth High School and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio University. She was a teacher for over 4 decades, having taught 34 of those years at Rubyville Elementary, and was a member of the retired teachers O.E.A. and N.E.A. Marge had been an active member of Portsmouth First Church of the Nazarene, where she was a board member, devotional secretary for the Ladies Fellowship, choir member, soloist, VBS director, Sunday School Teacher, N.Y.I President, Missionary President and was also a member of the Portsmouth Festival Choir. After retirement, she was a substitute teacher for Clay Local Schools, and enjoyed traveling and shopping, and wanted to catch up on quality reading.
Surviving are nephews, Paul J. (Susie) Stapleton of Anderson, IN and Kevin E. (Angela) Johnson of Portsmouth, great-nieces and nephews, Stacy, Heather, Misti, Kristin, Keileigh, J.R., and Destiny; 3 great-great-nieces and 1 great-great-nephew, and her beloved cat, “Buster.” Also preceding Marge in death were nephews, Earl “Butch” Stapleton and Robert Joseph Johnson; brothers, Joseph, Ralph, Don, and Edward “Sonny” Staten; and sisters, Marion Johnson, Barbara Jane Birdwell, Opal Stetsigner, and Marcella Staten.
A Celebration of Life will be held 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Portsmouth First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Ed Simmons officiating. Interment will be 9 a.m. on Monday at Memorial Burial Park. The family will receive friends at the church after 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Brant Funeral Service in Portsmouth. To offer condolences visit brantfuneralservice.com.
Marge commented regarding her teaching career, “It’s been a wonderful, satisfying profession and I feel deeply honored to have been a small part of it for so many years . . . Thanks for the memories.”