Christina Jo "Cree" Stapleton
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Christina Jo "Cree" Stapleton of Haskell, Texas passed away early Saturday morning, July 6, 2013 at Haskell Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Stapleton was 69. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at First United Methodist Church with Dale Turner and Rev. Dustin Wilhite officiating. Interment will take place immediately following the services at Willow Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.
Christina Jo Couch was born April 30, 1944 in Pecos, Texas to J.E. and Sue (Armstrong) Couch. An avid reader and graduate of Texas Tech University, Christina married Max Stapleton in Pecos in 1965. She began her teaching career in Vanderbuilt, Texas, but soon the couple moved to Haskell where Christina began teaching school in Weinert. Throughout her career, she was very active with many classes and sponsoring the National Honor Society and Student Council as well as the Spanish Club and their many trips. She enjoyed the sponsorship of the Jr. High Cheerleaders and you would often see her at the concession stand for the many basketball games over the years.
In 1998, the school annual was dedicated to her for the many committed years and lives she impressed. She will always be remembered for her loyalty and devotion to everyone she touched.
After retirement, Christina taught Spanish and Texas History with Paint Creek Schools and was a substitute teacher for Throckmorton Schools.
Christina was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church and loved teaching Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She was always available to help with church programs, especially the children's programs.
She is preceded in death by her parents, J.E. and Sue Couch.
Christina leaves behind her husband of 48 years, Max of Haskell; daughter Kaki Stapleton Cooper and husband Ryan of Lubbock; 2 grandchildren, Hannah Kate Cooper and Lily Clare Cooper; her sister, Susanne Flowers; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Serving as pallbearers for Mrs. Stapleton are Jeff Flowers, Jay Flowers, Coley Flowers, Chad Gibson, Joey Kimbrough, and Mik Everett.
If desired, memorials can be made in Christina's name to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 201 N. Avenue F, Haskell, Texas 79521.
Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.smithfamilyfh.com.
Published in Abilene Reporter-News on July 7, 2013