SPRUCE HEAD – Charlotte M. Staples, 96, died peacefully Monday, June 21, 2021, at the Owl Head Homestead.

Born in Rockland, March 23, 1925, she was the daughter of Cecil and Gladys Knowlton Murphy. She was a 1944 graduate of Rockland High School and worked as a sales clerk at Woolworths.

On June 21, 1945, she married her high school sweetheart, George Clayton Staples. Together, they raised three beautiful daughters Carolyn Chapman, Marie Goss and Elaine Seibold.

Charlotte was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker who loved animals and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She spent years as a Girl Scout Leader and Sunday school teacher while raising her family and was a lifelong member of the Rockland Congregational Church.

She enjoyed road trips and traveling, vacationing in New York, Washington D.C., California, Hawaii, Prince Edward Island, Canada and Mexico.

She was an avid golfer at the Rockland Country Club, and enjoyed watching Lawrence Welk and the Red Sox on TV. Like many her age, she greatly enjoyed ‘Judge Judy’ as well as playing along with Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

Monthly luncheons in the summer with high school classmates were some of her favorite pastimes and she was thrilled with pop-in visits from family, always welcoming them with a tin of cookies.

Charlotte and George had a long-standing tradition of hosting a lobster roll luncheon for family at their Chestnut Street home following the Lobster Festival parade; a tradition that grew with her family and continues today.

Charlotte’s son-in-law, Gene, built a beautiful home for her above his garage in Spruce Head, where she resided after the loss of her husband in 2010. She loved bringing visitors to see her ‘upstairs suite.’

Since May 2020, she received great care and friendship from the wonderful professionals at the Homestead in Owls Head.

She was predeceased by her husband; daughters Elaine in 2005 and Carolyn in 2016; son-in-law Eugene Goss; brothers Clifford and Clarence ‘Sonny’ and sister Verona Murphy Cummings.

Charlotte is survived by her daughter Marie Goss of Spruce Head; sons-in-law Sam Chapman of Waldoboro and Al Seibold of Santa Rosa, Calif.; grandchildren Christopher Goss of Stratham, N.H., Dawn Goss Borden and her husband Ted of Sherborn, Mass., Eric Seibold and his wife Holly of Santa Rosa, Calif., Jeremy Seibold and his wife Effie of Boulder, Colo., Jason Chapman and his wife Laurie of Washington, and Andy Chapman and his wife Vanessa of Waldoboro.

She also leaves behind 12 great-grandchildren Meredith and Amanda Borden of Sherborn, Mass., Shaylynn, Reese and Rowdy Seibold of Santa Rosa, Calif., Atticus and Knox Seibold of Boulder, Colo., Cole and Kyleigh Chapman of Washington, Keenan, Mason and Ainsley Chapman of Waldoboro and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life at 11 a.m., Monday, July 12, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.

Those who wish may make memorial donations to the charity of your choice or Pope Memorial Humane Society, P.O. box 1294, Rockland ME 04481.

To share a memory or condolence with the Staples family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.