MENDON, Ill. -- Laura Mae "Lee" Ellerman Stapleton, 89, of Apple Valley, Calif., formerly of Mendon, died Feb. 16, 2013, in Apple Valley.
She was born March 16, 1923, in Mendon. She was a daughter of the late Elmer and Helen Ruth Chapman Ellerman. She met and married her husband Tom Stapleton in California.
They moved to Lakewood, Calif., and had five children: four sons, Tom, Jim, Mike and John; and one daughter, Barbara.
She joined the Marines to see the world. She loved traveling and serving her country.
When her husband died, she decided to move close to her daughter in Apple Valley. She loved watching the Lakers basketball team play and there was no better player than Kobe Bryant. She also loved all her children and grandkids, Janson, Martell, Steven, Tommy and Mike. She loved seeing the great-grandkids, Ella, Evan, Lexi and Ashton.
SERVICES: A celebration of Laura's life will be held at noon Monday in Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Apple Valley. After the services, a get-together will be held at 18231 Lakeview Drive in Victorville, Calif.
ARRANGEMENTS: Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, Apple Valley, Calif.