Jacqueline (Snow) Staples of Sandwich, 94, died May 15 after complications from a fall that resulted in a broken hip.
The daughter of Sarah Florence (Gerald) Snow and Charles Oscar Snow, she was raised in Sandwich and returned here in 1992 after living in Shrewsbury for many years. An avid reader, once settled, she joined a book discussion group at Sandwich Public Library. In a 2000 Enterprise article about the group, Ms. Staples said that she enjoyed sharing ideas with other people and liked the energy that comes from spirited conversation.
“We do get a bit controversial at times, if people liked a book or didn’t,” she said. “And sometimes you read a book and get an entirely different slant. There have been a few books that I just can’t into. But after listening to their thoughts, I’ve occasionally decided to go back and try again.”
Although Ms. Staples always had a pile of books she wanted to read, they would have to wait, she said, because her “reading list for the library comes first.”
For the last three years, she was a resident at Cape Heritage Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.
Ms. Staples graduated from Tufts University, where she met Carlton Staples, whom she would marry and with whom she would raise four children.
She was fond of outdoor activities such as gardening, sailing, playing tennis and skiing, and was an accomplished bird carver. She was involved with the Nye Society with her childhood friend Rosanna Cullity.
Ms. Staples had traveled to China, studied tai chi, and extensively researched her extended family ancestry.
She worked for many years at Green Briar Jam Kitchen and was a volunteer with the Thornton W. Burgess Society.
She leaves two daughters, Heidi Staples and Suzanne Staples; seven grandchildren; and other family.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Benjamin Staples and Russell Staples; a grandchild; and her former husband.
A memorial celebration is planned for this summer at Lawrence Pond.