Argie Staples

Argie Staples

March 15th, 1950 September 18th, 2019

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Obituary for Argie Staples (Koons)

Argie Inez Koons Staples, 69, died September 18, 2019 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. She was born March 15, 1950, in Reading, PA, the daughter of Hanan and Ruth Wright Koons. As a schoolgirl, she studied at schools in the Plevna, KS area and attended the Plevna Community Church. In 1968, she graduated from Fairfield High School. In 1976 she received a BA degree at the University of Kansas. She completed all but the thesis for an MA degree in History at KU. On March 5, 1977 she married Mark Staples in Lawrence, KS. After marrying Mark, they moved to Boston and resided there until 1990. They lived in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge MA for 29 years. She was a dedicated amateur photographer and active in the Boston Camera Club for more than ten years. She spent her final years completing screen adaptations based on the Western novels of Zane Gray and attempting to have them produced. She also was a member of Zane Grey’s West Society. She embraced the themes of the classic Western and was dedicated to increasing awareness of the moral significance of the genre. She travelled with Mark to many places within the USA as well as foreign countries (Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, Hawaii, French Polynesia, the Great Barrier Reef, and Antarctica) and especially enjoyed combining snorkeling with photography. She loved to cook for others in her own home and participated in a rotating gourmet club for about ten years.
Survivors include: her husband Mark Staples, of the home; son Eric Shanline (Lebanon, PA-son of first husband, Steve Shanline, Florida); granddaughter Chelsea Shanline (Washington, DC area-daughter of Eric Shanline); sister, Christine Roberts and husband Steve, Plevna, KS; sister-in-law, Joyce Newton and husband Brian, Oakland, OR; brother-in-law, Bryan Smith, Oro Valley AZ; 3 nieces and 2 nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister, and sister-in-law, Mary Smith, Oro Valley AZ. Argie’s body will be cremated in a ceremony, 10:00 am Thursday September 26, at Bigelow Chapel in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA. Flowers may be sent to 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138. The ashes will be scattered at a memorial site at Mount Auburn Cemetery at a data to be determined.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 | 10:00am - 10:30am
    Bigelow Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery
    580 Mount Auburn Street
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    Thursday, September 26th, 2019
    10:00am - 10:30am
  • Service

    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Bigelow Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery
    580 Mount Auburn Street
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    Thursday, September 26th, 2019

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Robin Rodriguez

I met Argie when we were dorm roommates our first summer at KU. We were both several years out of high school, thus older than most around us. We’d both grown up on farms, had been married and divorced (though I had no kids.) We bonded over our shared differences. She was fun, funny, liked to sing when we walked anywhere. Together, we met others in the dorm, including a young biochem student, Mark Staples. He was unusual, a little dark and broody. Interesting, but only as a friend. Yet somehow a year or so later, Mark and Argie were a couple.

They got married at the college chapel. Me as the bridesmaid, standing at the front of the chapel holding the hand of Argie’s nervous young son, Eric, though we’d met only minutes before.

There followed a very non-traditional reception: a more-than-slightly-enebriated/high bash at their apartment, with the walls full of Mark’s sci-fi posters by Frank Frazetta, et al. A grand, celebratory beginning to the grand adventure that they took together until the tragic end of her life.

I’m very sorry that her journey ended so soon. I saw her at various junctures along the way. My husband and I wouldn’t be living in Philadelphia if not for the trip she and I took to NYC for her 50th birthday. At one time or another, she offered up her enthusiasms about photography, snorkeling, their travels, the west, her writings. Her son, and granddaughter, and Mark. I missed many pieces of her life, but I’m grateful for the parts she shared and I will miss her. Condolences to all who knew her but especially Mark and the rest of her family.
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Lois Josimovich

I am so sorry to hear this sad news, Mark, and sorry I didn’t see the BCC announcement in time to attend the service. Sincere condolences to you and your family. I’ve been out of the Camera Club loop for a long while, but I clearly recall Argie as a lovely and talented woman. May she rest in peace.
Comment | Posted at 08:54am via Condolence

Myron Dittmer

Dear Mark - I just heard of Argie's passing and Rose and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family - we are truly heartbroken to hear this news - knowing that she was such an exceptional and compassionate human being who lived life to the fullest - and you were the perfect partner for her during her journey through life. Please know that those of us who knew, Argie, will always keep her in our thoughts, prayers, and memories.

Myron and Rose Dittmer
Comment | Posted at 07:33pm via Condolence

Ken Stone

Mark, I'm shattered for you. Argie and her photography were delights, and Chris and I treasure our memories of our Cambridge visits and your amazing adventures as told in annual holiday letters. Given your incredible biotech expertise, I'm thinking if a cure were possible YOU'D be the one to find it. But I'm sure your contributions to science have helped save countless lives. I wish one more had been saved. Hoping you find comfort in your friends' and family support. You remain one of my best KU friends.
Comment | Posted at 07:21pm via Condolence

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