Estella Mae Moncur passed on May 10, 2017, at home in Boise, Idaho following a brief illness. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Gene (Mon) Moncur, two brothers, Elmo Billy and Kenneth Don Benson, and a sister Joanie Svancara. Stella was a mother to three sons, Jeffery Fay and Wife Shauna Chapman – Nampa, ID; Gregory Williams Chapman – Rogers, AR; and Richard Allen Chapman – Boise, ID. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Nicole Leigh Watanabe, Joshua Ray Chapman, Kristopher Allen Chapman, and Rachael Elizabeth Chapman and one great grandchild Hudson Hiroshi Watanabe.
Born in Willowbrook, CA on April 15, 1940, daughter of Elmo Wilson and Orpha Hill Benson, she and her family moved to Idaho in 1957. There she graduated from Boise High School in 1958. Known to all as Stella, she married Ralph Tom (Tommy) Chapman on July 19, 1959, divorced in 1974, and remarried Gene K. Moncur on May 27, 1982. She eventually pursued a career as a store manager for One Hour Martinizing where she met her husband, Mon, and later served as an administrative support assistant for the Department of Agriculture prior to retirement.
Stella was active is sports throughout her high school years. Lettering in softball, volleyball, track, and gymnastics. She achieved All City honors in tumbling and softball, setting the city record for distance in the softball throw. Stella was also an eager participant in the school drama program as a cast member in many plays in addition to presenting comedic readings for a number of women’s organizations. Stella always credited these activities as essential to overcoming her innate shyness. She was also deeply involved with the school art program, receiving in her senior year the National Scholastic Award for Art. This fueled many years of drawings and paintings of landscapes and family members, but the most important thing in her life was her family.
Stella will be remembered always by friends and family as a loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, and a matriarch in the truest sense. She will be missed by all.