Mary Staples-Johnson, Fort ThompsonMary J. “Bunny” Staples-Johnson, 69, Fort Thompson, formerly of Sioux Falls., died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at her home.
Mary J. “Bunny” Staples-Johnson, 69, Fort Thompson, formerly of Sioux Falls., died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at her home.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Diamond Willow Ministries, Fort Thompson. Burial will be in St. John’s Episcopal Cemetery, Crow Creek. Wake services will be at 7 p.m. tonight and Wednesday at Diamond Willow Ministries.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hickey-Wevik Funeral Chapel, Chamberlain.
She was born on March 23, 1940, to George and Della Mae (McGhee) Staples.
She was raised in the Pukwana area.
She attended boarding school and then Pukwana High School.
After high school, she remained in the Pukwana area before moving to Sioux Falls, where she attended Stewarts School of Hairstyling.
She lived in Sioux Falls for 42 years.
She began working for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, later Qwest Communications, and remained there until retiring in March 2000, after 21 years.
On Feb. 14, 2000, she married Paul Johnson.
She is survived by a daughter: Lori Dolezal, Fort Thompson; five sons: Ken Fourcloud and wife Ginger; and Kelly Sunde and wife Michelle, all of Sioux Falls; Ron Dolezal and wife Lori, Chamberlain; Robert Dolezal and wife Susan, Pierre; and Donald Dolezal and wife Becky, Fort Thompson; 17 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, four siblings: Ron Hopkins, Custer; John Lytle, Denver; Jerry McBride, Fort Thompson; and Rita Chanku, Sioux Falls.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her stepfather, Alfred Lytle; and a sister, Patty Evans.
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