Mother Cora Lee Bivens Staton, age 96, entered God’s Kingdom, Thursday, March 18, 2021, at her residence in Oakboro, North Carolina. She was born February 16, 1925 in Anson County, North Carolina; and was the daughter of the late Will Frank and Emma Marble Bivens. Some people touch so many lives in a kind and gentle way, those were the qualities that Mother Staton possessed. We have been truly blessed to have shared her beautiful life for so many years. Her memory will never be forgotten and will remain in our hearts through eternity.
She was educated in the Stanly County public schools and was employed as a housekeeper with the Eudy, Hinson, and Coble families for several years.
Never idle, Mother Staton was always busy with her family, church, and community. She confessed Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age and joined Saint Matthews United Church of God, Oakboro. At Saint Matthews, she was devoted and served in the following positions: Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, church secretary and treasurer, president of the Usher Board, church pianist and pianist for the Gospeletts Choir, and president of the churches’ youth department (Y.P.H.A.). Mother Staton was civic minded and interested in helping the community. This inspired her to join the Oakboro Regional Museum Society and the South Oakboro Action Association.
Mother Staton has joined her husband, Thad Hugh Staton, and other family members in a place where there is perfect peace and tranquility. She has now received eternal rest from Our Heavenly Father.
She leaves a legacy of love and devotion to her daughter, Tina Staton Ballesteros, Oakboro; foster daughters: Apostle Patricia Cox, Kannapolis, North Carolina and Leah (Justin) Fesperman, Oakboro; nieces: Kizzie (Tommy) Little, Wadesboro, North Carolina and Anita Young, Charlotte, North Carolina; nephew, John Frank Little, Polkton, North Carolina; special nephew, Donnie Thomas, Oakboro; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and caregivers: John Burns, Dean Smith, Tony Little, Patricia Huntley, all of Oakboro, and Nikki Sturdivant, Burnsville, North Carolina. The day has dawn, and nightfall is upon us, as we say goodbye to our dear Mother Staton. We will see her again in that great getting’ up morning.
“Go in peace Mother Staton, you have earned your sleep, your love in our hearts, we will eternally keep.”
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