Julia Faye Chapman
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August 27, 1927 - April 21, 2014
Julia Chapman was born August 27, 1927 to Chester and Opal (Henry) Rhone in Cozad Nebraska. She was the 6th of nine children of a hard working Platt River farm family.
She married Willard Chapman October 2, 1943. They ran off at the ripe old age of sixteen to wed. Daughters Alice and Susan were born in Nebraska. The family came to Idaho in 1958 for a vacation and never left.
After forty years as an LPN at West Valley Medical Center she "retired". She worked at Walmart four years. She returned to the health care field and was still working at the age of 83. Bad health forced her to RETIRE in 2012. The day before her last stroke she was lamenting that if she only had a car she could get a job.
She and Willard opened their home to several foster children throughout the years. One of their foster children Christi Carver moved home last year to care for Julia. Another foster child Dr. Teresa Miramontes, (Vancouver, Washington) stayed close through the years.
Julia possessed a strong work ethic developed as a child on the farm. That early childhood also provided her with a life- long love for animals. Her family was always amused and amazed by her collection of pets which at various times included; cats, dogs, peacocks, chickens, geese, horses, pigs, goats, doves, ducks, a donkey and don't forget the monkey!
To Julia the meaning of life was to be kind to people and help anyone with any need. She thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at Washington Grade School in Caldwell with the homework club. She was an example of strength to many people but most especially to the younger women of the family. She taught us all how to be independent and confident.
She and her sister Joyce enjoyed their time together working in their woodshop making all kinds of novelties including an exploding miniature outhouse. Due to the brisk sale of the outhouses their business called J & J Creations flourished.
During the last stages of their lives, Julia cared for her husband Willard (1927-1989), her sister Joyce Austin (1932-1995) and her Mother-in-law Lola (1908-002). It was only fitting and a huge privilege that as a family we cared for her the last days of her life.
The family would like to thank the staff of West Valley Medical Center for their care and attention. Thanks also goes to Terry and Susan from Hearts for Hospice for their care and compassion.
Julia is survived by her daughters Alice Ennis (Boise) Susan Smith (Caldwell); granddaughters Stacey Garza, Andrea Price (both of Boise) and Rebecca Fleetwood (Caldwell); 9 great grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Julia was a character in the best sense of the word and everyone who ever knew her, worked with her or was related to her in any way had a story that attested to that fact. She will be missed.
Services will be held Thursday April 24, 2:30 at Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell. A potluck reception to follow at the Caldwell Seventh Day Adventist Fellowship Hall, 2106 E. Linden St. Caldwell, Idaho.
Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue Caldwell, ID 83605
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 23, 2014