SALISBURY, N.C. - Patsy Ruth Carter Staley, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at Tucker Hospice House, Kannapolis, N.C., after a period of declining health.
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She was born Aug. 2, 1930 in Orange County, N.C., the daughter of late Lawrence Thomas Carter and Odell Ward Carter. Patsy was a 1948 graduate of E.M. Holt High School, Alamance County, N.C.
Patsy was employed with Wachovia Bank in Burlington, N.C. from 1948 until 1963. During that time she also worked for the City of Burlington. Later in her life she served as a teacher's assistant from 1974 to 1988, having worked in the Stanly County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools. She was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, N.C.
She was married to her husband, the Rev. Maurice E. Staley on April 2, 1950 at Alamance Lutheran Church. She was a pastor's wife since 1966, having helped her husband in his various pastoral ministries - Mt. Zion and New Bethel Lutheran Churches, Richfield, N.C. from 1966 to 1981; Center Grove Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, N.C. from 1981 to 1994; and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Salisbury, N.C. from 1995 to 2008.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Maurice E. Staley; son, Roger N. Staley and wife Martha of Cornelius, N.C.; daughter, Carol S. Stamper of Concord, N.C.; grandchildren, Lauren S. Sailors, Adam Staley, Jordan Staley, Matthew Stamper, Andrew Stamper and Cynthia Stamper; and two great-grandchildren, Noah and Cooper Sailors.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert L. Carter.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at New Hope Lutheran Church, 1615 Brantley Road, Kannapolis, N.C., officiated by the Rev. Kim E. Trabold. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall after the service.
Friends and family are invited to the graveside service that will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at Alamance Memorial Park, Burlington, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope Lutheran Church, 1615 Brantley Road, Kannapolis, NC 28082 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com
Whitley's Funeral Home, Kannapolis, N.C., is handling the arrangements.
Published in TheTimesNews.com from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2013