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Shirley A. (Staples) Wilson, 89, of Bradford, passed away Sunday, Oct. 8 at Holy Family Hospital, Methuen.
She was born in Haverhill on April 23, 1928 the only child of the late Floyd H. “Butsy” Staples, and Blanche E. (Small) Staples.
Mrs. Wilson was educated in the Haverhill school system and graduated from Haverhill High School. She furthered her education and graduated from Fay School of Boston in 1948. She was employed for many years at Bay Bank.
Shirley was an avid bridge player and enjoyed knitting, cooking and visiting the beach. Above all else she enjoyed spending time with her loving family, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by her loving husband of 50 years, Roger E. Wilson who passed away in 2002, a son-in-law, Raymond S. Stewart who passed away in 2006 and a grandson, Charles R. Stewart who passed away in 2014.
She is survived by her children Lynne D. Barnes and her husband Mark of Haverhill, Gary S. Wilson and his wife, Karla of Lynn, Jayne L. Stewart of Haverhill, Susan C. Kulins and her husband, Oscar of Methuen and Sandra J. Leblanc and her husband, Kenneth; nine grand children as well as six great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her calling hours on Thursday, Oct.12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the H.L. Farmer and Sons Bradford Funeral Home, 210 South Main St. (Rt. 125). Her funeral service will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford. To share a memory or for more information, please visit
Published on  October 11, 2017
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