Merle Elaine Mayberry Staples died in Dallas Texas on June 9, 2013. She was the widow of James Reiley Staples, former president of California Baptist University. James passed away in 2005. Elaine left 1 daughter Renee, and 5 grandchildren, Mrs. Monica Meyers, Mr. A.J. Staples Jr, Lee Andre Durr, Mrs. Chelsea Durr/Adams, and Jared B. Gherefiel. 5 great grandchildren. Mrs. Staples was laid to rest in Restland Cemetary in Dallas on June 13, 2013.