Martha Jane (Ash) Staley

Born: Fri., Dec. 26, 1952
Died: Thu., Apr. 18, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Apr. 21, 2013
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Mon., Apr. 22, 2013
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mrs. Martha Jane Staley, age 60, of Annapolis, IL, died Thursday April 18, 2013 at her residence in Annapolis, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born December 26, 1952 in Palestine, IL, she was the daughter of William Franklin and Marilda Frances (Johnson) Ash.  On May 30, 1971 she married John L. Staley and he survives.  

In her early years, Martha was a beautician, an instructor at LTC Beauty School and owned and operated her own beauty shop.  Martha was a Direct Selling Success Strategies Trainer, Speaker and having Co- Authored: Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire and Direct Selling Power. She was a Certified Dream Coach® and the Founder and CEO of Your Perfect World® Direct Selling Success Strategies. Martha was in the direct selling profession for over twenty years as a top leader growing a multi-million dollar organization and earned the top awards for sales, sponsoring and leadership. Her passion was empowering women to live the life of their dreams – not just some days but every day. She believed that you have the power to create your own unique world based on your personal values, priorities and the realities of your ever-changing life and circumstances. She was a corporate member of the Direct Selling Women's Alliance, an international organization uplifting the direct selling profession through support, education, and certification. Mother of 2 great kids, Nana to 4 beautiful grandchildren and wife to my best friend John Staley for over for 41 years.  Martha was a member of the West Union Baptist Church, West Union, IL.

Survivors include her husband John L. Staley, Annapolis, IL; a son and daughter-in-law, Jonathon and Tina Staley, Annapolis, IL; a daughter, Ms. Maria Frances Staley and fiancee Kevin Tomblinson, Mt. Carmel, IL; four grandchildren, MaKayla Frances Staley, John Austen Staley, Timothee Delain Staley, Marleigh Mae Staley; a brother and spouse, David “Bud” and Diane Ash, West Union, IL; sisters and spouses, Mrs. Barbara Heleine, West York, IL, Linda and Gerry Schoncheck, Hutsonville, IL; aunts, Eleanor Stephens, Alma Hughes, Ann Duncan; uncle, Emery Johnson  and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, William “Bill” Ash in 2013; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Heleine who died in 2001.

Funeral service will be Monday April 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL, with visitation on Sunday April 21, 2013 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson.  Burial will be in the Olive Branch Cemetery, rural Annapolis, IL.

Memorial donations may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center, Campus Box 1204, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Charitable donations may be made in Martha's memory to the following organization:

Siteman Cancer Center
Campus Box 1204, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St,. Louis, MO 63105

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Carol and David Harrah
   Posted Fri April 19, 2013
John and family,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Martha's passing. I am happy to know she is no longer suffering though. I'm sure she entered the gates of Heaven with that big beautiful smile of hers. I have many fond memories of Martha and I as young cousins. We made up silly games, jumped on the bed (when no one was looking) and always had so much fun together. She was just a joy to be around. I wish I would have kept in closer contact with her through the years.
Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Carol and David Harrah

Merle Ann Culp Duncan Burroughs
   Posted Fri April 19, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Martha's passing. I haven't been in contact for years but have many fun memories from childhood in church, HHS & around town. Please know that I'm praying for all your family.
Merle AnnPbountr

Gary W. Sheets
   Posted Fri April 19, 2013
John & Family, I just found out about Martha. So sorry for your loss. I still have many fond memories of her & our HHS days.

Sandy Stephens Baker
   Posted Fri April 19, 2013
Dear John & Family,

I was sad to get a phone call telling me of Martha's passing. I loved coming to the beauty shop. We always had a good time laughing and carrying on while I got my beauty treatments. If my mother was still alive she too would have been sad to hear this news. She waited a long time to pursue her love of becoming a hair stylist and was glad to have Martha as an instructor. Way too young to pass. Praying we will find a cure for such a dreaded disease. We are thinking of you & praying for you. Your cousin, Sandy & Wes Baker

Patricia (Shonk) and Mark Brown
   Posted Fri April 19, 2013
I remember many fun times with Martha in high school! She was always laughing and cheerful. I always enjoyed being around people with positive energy, and she had that. She will be missed for sure. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers at this time of sadness and grief.

Kristy (King) Burgess
   Posted Sat April 20, 2013
Dear Uncle John, Jonathan, and Maria,
I am truly saddened to hear of the loss of Aunt Mart, My heart goes out to you all. I loved her so much and she truly will be missed. I can't help remembering all the good times sitting around Granny Ash's dining room table, Christmas's, and Deitz Lake, cookouts, and birthdays, hearing her laughter and she and I often laughed remembering "the babysitting story",,,she will always be in my heart just as you all will always be.
****Always Loved, Loved Always****
Love, Kristy

Rick & Connie Clough
   Posted Sun April 21, 2013
All of you are in our tho'ts and prayers. Martha definitely fought the fight! She was an amazing woman. Praying for your comfort during these difficult days.

Rick and Melody Beck
   Posted Mon April 22, 2013
We are saddened to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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