Staples, Meddle Tucker (Mrs. R.H.)


December 29, 1894 - April 24, 1952
The wise man has very beautifully said, “A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband trusteth in her. Strength and dignity are her clothing. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her husband praiseth her saying, Many daughters have done worthily, but thou excellest them all.”
These words seem to fit so perfectly the beautiful life of Meddie Tucker Staples, who was born in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, on December 29, 1894, and passed to her reward on April 24, 1952.
She graduated from Mississippi State College for Women and studied at Peabody College in preparation for her work as a teacher. Meddie Tucker spent twelve years teaching school in Mississippi and Louisiana.
On May 27, 1928, Meddie Tucker was united in marriage to the Reverend R. H. Staples. This was the beginning of a glorious life of service to God -and the Church, which has been a blessing wherever she has served with her good husband. Appointments served by Mrs. Staples with her husband have been Winnfield Circuit. Choudrant, Marion, Trout, Coushatta, New Iberia and West Monroe, Louisiana.
Wherever Brother Staples served, Mrs. Staples was at his right hand constantly helping him, strengthening him, inspiring him to do the Master’s work. Mrs. Staples worked faithfully with the children of the churches she served. She realized from her teaching experience the great importance of early impressions and lovingly sought to mold the character of the children, under her husband’s care, into the glorious image of our Lord. She could also move from the teaching of little children into the adult level of teaching, where she wielded such a great influence with the Woman’s Society of Christian Service and adult classes in the Church School. She never shirked her duty to serve. She went with Brother Staples almost everywhere and when he could not go there were many times that she went in his place. She did many things that people did not know about, finding joy in helping without publicity.
Mrs. Staples faced sickness with the same heroic spirit with which she faced all of life. On April 24, after much prayer that God’s will be done, she closed her eyes arid with a partial smile went to sleep.
I would not have you grieve for me today
Nor weep beside my vacant chair.
Could you but know my daily portion here
You would not, could not, wish me there.

I know now why He said, “Ear bath not heard,”
I have no words, no alphabet.
Or even if I had I DARE not tell
Because you could not bear it yet.

So, only this—I am the same, though changed,
Like Him! A joy more rich and strong
Than I had dreamed that any heart could hold,
And all my life is one glad song.

Sometimes when you are talking to our Lord
He turns and speaks to me . . . Dear heart,
In that rare moment you and I are just
The distance of a word apart!

And so my loved ones, do not grieve for me
Around the family board today;
Instead, rejoice, for we are one in Him.
And so I am not far away.

Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 175-176, 1952 by A. W. Townsend, Jr.

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