Jeane Staples Allen
Jeane Greenwood Staples Allen, 79, passed away September 22, 2023 in Richfield. Jeane was born to William S. ”Bill” Greenwood and Carmen Hunter in Richfield, Utah on October 4,
1943. Born premature, she struggled to get into this world. She only weighed about 3 pounds, and came home to a shoe box for a cradle! Carmen had to wake and feed her every 2 hours. She was the second of four children, with an older brother William S. Jr. “Billy,” a younger brother Robert H. Greenwood “Bob,” and baby sister Colleen.
Jeane graduated from Richfield High School in 1962 and attended Southern Utah State College (now SUU) for a year before attending beauty school in Provo. She often rode home from Provo with her best friend and her friend’s cousin Tony Staples.
She married George Anthony “Tony” Staples in the Manti Utah Temple on November 6, 1964. They moved to California to the Bay Area for Tony to take an architectural drafting job, but after about a week she told Tony she had a $100 her dad gave her and she was going back home with or without him. They moved back to Richfield! Some two years later Natalie was born, and soon thereafter Jeane went to work at Sevier Valley Tech (SVT) part-time. Later, she earned a bachelors degree from Utah State taking extension classes. Shannon followed Natalie after 11 years, with many prayers and “recipes.” She worked at SVT for some 35 years teaching cosmetology, where she made many life-long friends. Jeane’s hair and her house were always just so! Tony and Jeane raised their family while serving in many church callings.
Tony died on November 2, 1997 after a nine-month battle with cancer. Jeane showing her true love caring for him until his last breath. In 2000, her first grandchild arrived, Jack Manning, followed by Kate Manning, as well as Gavin, Brayden, and Kessler Staples. Her grandchildren were the light of her life, and she enjoyed their many activities and sports.
After retiring, Jeane loved working in the Manti Temple where she served ten years and made many friends. They enjoyed rides together to and from Richfield. After Tony passed, she often avoided gentlemen’s advances stating, “I still married!” She wouldn’t even open the front door. A widower George Allen figured this out and knocked on the back door, and when Jeane opened it, he walked right into her life. They were married on December 23, 2007 in Central Valley. He and his girls, Brenda, Nancy and Chris, were a blessing, as were the additional grandkids.
Jeane and George were opposites. She learned to camp and ride 4-wheelers. She let him do what he wanted outside. They were patient, caring and enriched each other’s lives. George died January 3, 2016.
Jeane loved collectibles, and throughout her life she enjoyed making dolls, teddy bears, and shopping on QVC. She also loved her VW bug! Most of all she loved her family, friends, and her Savior. She looked forward to His second coming and a loving reunion with so many.
She struggled coming into this world, and struggled to leave. She is now at peace. “That when the trump shall sound for the dead, we shall be caught up in the cloud…that we may ever be with the Lord; …and reap eternal joy for all our sufferings.” (D.C. 109:75-76)
Jeane is survived by her children: Natalie Staples, Richfield; Shannon (Kaprece) Staples, Central Valley; step-children: Brenda (Gary) Barney, Central Valley; Nancy (Boyd) Kennedy, Aurora; Chris (Russell) Wanlass, Elsinore; 5 grandchildren; sister: Colleen (Tony) Willardson, Salt Lake City.
Preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Tony Staples and George Allen; brothers: William S “Bill” Greenwood and Robert H “Bob” Greenwood.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 11;00 a.m. in the Richfield 4th Ward Chapel. Friends may call Wednesday evening at the Magleby Mortuary in Richfield in 6-7 p.m. or Thursday at the ward chapel from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Richfield City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Live streaming and online guestbook can be found at www.maglebymortuary.com