MCCORMICK, S.C. - Mrs. Patricia Staples, 78, of Dockside Court passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014. Patricia Carol Staples was a native of Niagara Falls, NY. She is preceded in death by her father, Michael D'orosogno (formally of Vasto, Italy), Inez Doros Horder of Oneida, NY and a sister, Inez Whetham of Niagara Falls, NY. Survivors are her husband, William Marcus Staples, daughter Lynne Smith and son-in-law Walter Smith of Guildford, England and one grandson Zachary Smith, also of England. She began her civil service career at Anchorage, Alaska working for the Army as a transportation clerk. While living there for four years she had the opportunity to witness the celebration of Alaska becoming a state. Her daughter was born at Ft Richardson Army hospital, which at the time was as a Quonset huts. Traveling through many states with a military spouse landed her in Hampton, VA but became a single parent shortly. She was involved with church activities and the choir. Pat assisted with the beginning stages of the "Big Brother Big Sister" program in the area. She was serving as secretary and editor of the "Parents Without Partners" newsletter when she met Bill and was married in 1976. Prior to her retirement from 40 1/2 years with civil service, she was a certified professional secretary, working at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, for the Headquarters Tactical Air Command's Public Information, and retired from Patrick Air Force Base, FL as a squadron commander's executive secretary. Pat was in the choir of the Lincolnton United Methodist Church and sang in the McCormick County Community Chorus previously serving as secretary and present historian. She did volunteer work at the McCormick Nursing Home and was a volunteer coordinator for four years before taking over as co-manager of Helping Hands, McCormick. She was also a member of Savannah Lakes Promenades Square Dance Club. In addition she was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi, Epsilon Master Chapter in Augusta, GA. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Lincolnton United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Bocian officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from May 4 to May 7, 2014