1934 - 2018

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Staples(2018)

Christine Agnes Staples passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Home - Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat. Her strong faith made her passing very peaceful. Chris was a sister, wife, mother, grandmother and recently a great-grandmother to Logan and Maxx. She was born in the Empress Hospital on July 6, 1934, to Helen and Louis Mahura. Chris was the third child of what would eventually be seven, growing up on a farm ten miles south of Acadia Valley. She went to Grant School in Acadia Valley and then continued her education at St. Theresa’s School in Medicine Hat. After finishing school, she moved to Calgary and worked as a secretary. On June 30, 1956, Chris married Bob Staples at St. Peter and Paul Church near Acadia Valley. The newlyweds settled into a home in the Social Plains district. The first night at the house was pretty wild when a chivaree was held culminating with her brother Ted, firing off a shotgun a little too close to the house with some of the pellets going through the eavestrough! Life quieted down and Chris settled into the role of farmwife and soon after, a mother. She talked fondly of these years, the kindness of the elderly neighbour ladies freely giving helpful advice on gardening, cooking and raising babies. As the years went by, she became the one giving the advice to the younger generation and she herself perfected more than a few recipes, most notably her homemade buns which if you ever had one and only one, you are the exception. In fact, the only major complaint wasn’t that there was no running water or power at the start, it was rattlesnakes and the dreaded night time trip to the outhouse. Years passed - more babies, good crops, bad crops and a move to a brand-new house with all the modern conveniences. The years of hard work finally paid off in the form of grandchildren who brought so much joy and laughter to Bob and Chris. They made one final move to their retirement home in Medicine Hat and through it all, she remained a dedicated wife and mother to the end. Chris will be sadly missed by her husband of 62 years Bob; her children, Blaine (Leona) and their children, Lewis, Richard and Gerald; Glenda (Allen VandenBerg) and their children, Tolo Auva’a, Kolia Auva’a, Maureen VandenBerg, Eleanor (Michael) Chinook, and their son, Logan; Rob and his children, Jessie (Brad Lepp) and their son Maxx, Olivia (Preston) Mack and Emily and David (Jacquie Compeau). Also missing Chris are her siblings, Don (Maria) Mahura, Bert Mahura, Alouise (Harry) Henderson; brother-in-law, Bud Herman; sister-in-law, Erika Mahura as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Chris was predeceased by her son, Murray; parents, Louis and Helen; special aunt, Sophie Mahura; brother,Ted Mahura; sisters, Phyllis (Charles) Marten and Bev Herman as well as her sister-in-law, Kathy Mahura. The family wishes to thank all of the medical staff including the EMT’s, doctors, nurses and staff at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital; and finally to her caregivers at St. Joseph’s Home... her care could not have been any better. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so starting one hour prior to the Vigil Prayers which will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will be offered again starting one hour prior to the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 238 - 2 Avenue N.E., Medicine Hat on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. with Father Francis Tran celebrant. Memorial donations in Chris’ name may be made directly to St. Joseph’s Home - Carmel Hospice, 156 - 3 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 5M; Medicine Hat Public Library, 414 - 1 Street S.E., Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 8G2 or to the charity of one’s choice.


  1. Rick and Donna Rinker:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 07:25 AM

    Staples Family, we were saddened to hear of Chris’s passing. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. May you take comfort in the memories you have. May she Rest In Peace.

    Rick & Donna

  2. Bill and Bertha Wirch:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 03:48 PM

    Condolence to the Staples family.So sorry for your loss.Chris was such a wonderful person. Bill and Bertha Wirch.

  3. Diane and Walter Nordhagen:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 04:11 PM

    Dear Bob, Blain, Glenda, Rob, David and families
    Chris was a warm, loving and caring person who always made me feel special when I was growing up. I have so many memories of her kindness over those years and I’m sure that Daryl, Deb, Dennis and Bill experienced the same. Your family was always an important part of our family and you have our deepest sympathies.

    Walter and Diane

  4. Maureen and David Booker:
    Nov 07, 2018 at 09:20 PM

    We wish to extend our sincere condolences to Bob and all the family at this sad time. Chris was a sweet, caring woman who I always enjoyed visiting. May your wonderful memories bring comfort and peace today and in the days ahead.

  5. Mary-Beth Roste:
    Nov 08, 2018 at 09:39 PM

    Thoughts & prayers to the Staples family. I have such great memories of visiting when I was young. She was a wonderful lady & will be missed.

  6. Linda Martin:
    Nov 11, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Dear Glenda and Allan, Sorry to hear the passing of your Mom. My thoughts are with you.

  7. Robyn (Gilham) Long:
    Nov 13, 2018 at 11:10 PM

    I have wonderful memories of Chris having shared many meals at her table when visiting & staying for sleep overs with Glenda. My sincere condolences to all of the family
    Robyn (Gilham) Long

  8. Dale & Teresa Murray:
    Nov 14, 2018 at 04:00 PM

    To Bob and Families;
    We send our deepest condolences. May the Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

  9. Brandy Payeur:
    Nov 14, 2018 at 06:03 PM

    We are going to miss Chris very much. We take comfort in knowing she is now happy. For us Chris was the elderly neighbour that offered cooking and child rearing advice! We loved every minute of it. The boys had so much fun visiting with Chris (and Bob). They were( are) truly like having surrogate grandparents around for our boys. They came to concerts and sporting events and were always there. Always loved and never forgotten - thank you Chris for all you did for us.
    Scott, Brandy, CJ, Cayden, and Cole Payeur

  10. Christine Staples:
    Nov 16, 2018 at 08:22 PM

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Sinserly Gail Andrus