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Marilyn Kay Staples

July 15, 1966 ~ August 21, 2021 (age 55)


Marilyn Kay Staples “Jo Jo”, age 55, of Cass Lake, Minnesota began her journey to the spirit world on Saturday, August 21st, 2021, from the Cass Lake IHS in Cass Lake, MN.  She was born on Friday, July 15th, 1966, in Bemidji, MN to Naomi Staples and Burnham Wilson.

Marilyn’s sense of humor was one of a kind, she loved to make people laugh and you hardly saw her face without a smile.  She had a lot of friends and a very large family, and she liked visiting them all.  Marilyn loved her children, grandchildren, and her entire family immensely.  She was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone, whenever she could.  She loved to clean and everyone who knew her knew that about her.  Marilyn loved her music and was never without a radio.  Her favorite things were doing her word find puzzles, watching Criminal Minds and spending time with her grandchildren.  Her infectious smile and laugh will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.

Family that Marilyn is reunited with are her parents; Naomi and Burnham, her sisters; Louella “Anna” and Barbara “Punkin” and her brothers; Michael and Jason “Jay”, several aunts, uncles, other relatives and close friends.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her sons; David Staples, Sr. of Cloquet, Nicholas Staples of Minneapolis and Matthew (Jennifer) Haltli of North Dakota, her daughters; Diane (Chris) Staples of Cass Lake, Racheal Staples of Minneapolis and Casey (Austin) Haltli of Wilton, brothers; Burnham “Dauser” (Ramanda) Drouillard, James “Jim” (Ashley) Brown and Mark Wilson, sisters; Karen “Hopper” (David) Staples and Brenda Pence, her grandchildren; Mariah, Savannah, Amiera, David Jr. and Kameron Staples, Madison Morris, Leo Haltli, Christopher, Tyler and Jordan Kangas, Julian Lazo, Natatlie, Nathan and Charles Huesers, great granddaughter; Koa Lazo, life long friend and ex-husband; David Swanholm, numerous nieces, nephews, many other family members and friends.

Wake services for Marilyn will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24th and continue until her 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Thursday, August 26th all to be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Cass Lake, MN.  Pallbearers for Marilyn will be Jim Brown, Shane Swanholm, Chris Kangas, Marcus Staples, Austin Swanholm, and Adrian Staples.  Alternate pallbearer is Burnham Drouillard.  Her honorary pallbearers are David Swanholm, Adrian Staples, Zachary Staples, Gregory Wright, Mike Harrison and all her friends and family.  Interment will be in the Fairbanks-Staples Cemetery in Cass Lake/Mission, MN immediately following her Thursday services.

Marilyn’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN.  Online condolences for the family may be left at  

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August 24, 2021

5:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Building
Cass Lake
Cass Lake, Minnesota 56633

Funeral Service
August 26, 2021

1:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Building
Cass Lake
Cass Lake, Minnesota 56633

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