Jacqueline L. "Jackie" Stapleton, 91, Sheridan, entered heaven Tuesday evening, July 10, 2018, and into God's loving arms, and once again reunited with parents, her two sisters and her granddaughter.

Born June 30, 1927 in Arcadia, Ind., she was the daughter of the late Lowell Eugene "Dewey" and Julia Evelyn (Foster) Leonard.

She graduated from Sheridan High School with the Class of 1945. In 1946, she married Reese Stapleton, and had three wonderful children together. After about 10 years, they would move the family to Kokomo and begin the next chapter in her life. For a number of years she owned and operated the Kokomo Liquor Store. Mrs. Stapleton would eventually hire on with Delco Electronics in 1969, and remain with the company as a line operator inspector until her retirement in 1992. Shortly after starting at Delco, 1970 to be exact, she returned home to Sheridan.

Her family later moved to Sheridan, where she and her three siblings were raised. While growing up, she seemed to have a way with animals. She loved barrel racing her horse Silk and enjoyed her daily walks with her dog Stubby. Stubby would follow her to school every morning. During her high school years, she went to work in the family business. Her father owned and operated the Dinner Bell Restaurant , and later, Dewey's Drive Inn. Working at the restaurant was truly a family affair and a labor of love. Everyone in the family pitched in and did their part.

Mrs. Stapleton was a life member of the Sheridan Order of Eastern Star and a life member of the Sheridan Wesleyan Church, of which her mother's family were founding members. She was also a member of the United Auto Workers.

Survivors include her brother, Gene (Marilyn) Leonard of Sheridan; her son, Craig (Debbie) Stapleton of Kokomo; two daughters, Suzy (Jerry) Preston of Westfield and Shareese Scott of Bowling Green, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Stephanie (Jim) Lewis of Westfield, Rachel (Greg) Hubbard of Brighton, Mich., Joshua Scott of Bowling Green, Ky., Timothy Scott of Forestville, Calif., Rebekah Scott of Bowling Green, Ky., Shawn Stapleton of Kokomo and Brian Stapleton of Pensacola, Fla.; step-grandchildren, Eric (Gina) Preston of Kokomo, Anthony Preston of Indianapolis and Aaron Gilsinger of Kokomo; and by her most precious possessions, her 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Anne Quick and Sara Lee Molden; her granddaughter, Jennifer Downs; brother-in-law, Jesse Quick; and her former husband, Reese L. Stapleton.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in Sheridan. Family and friends may pay their respects Monday from noon until time of service. Pastor Matt Hartke will be officiating. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan.