It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother, Estelle (Stella) Marie Power (nee Chafe), age 86 years. Stella slipped away peacefully in the presence of her two grandchildren, Stephanie and Riley on May 26, 2020 at North Pond Manor in Torbay. She is predeceased by her loving husband, Robert (Bob), Sr. and her son, Robert, Jr.; her parents: William and Mary Chafe; brothers: Frank (Eleanor), Fons (Barbara), and John Chafe; mother and father-in-law: Brendan and Mabel Power I ; sister-in-law, Catherine Sandeman (Sandy) and brother-in-law, Brendan Power II; nephew, Brendan Power III; and her dear friend, Jean Dyer, who, as described by Stella’s grandson, “breathed new life into Nan” after she moved into North Pond in 2015.
Leaving to mourn is her daughter, Alice Hunt (Wilson)as well as her grandchildren: Ashley, Stephanie, and Riley. Also, deeply grieving her passing are her sister, Sr. Loretta Chafe, RSM and her brother, Ron Chafe (Eleanor); sisters-in-law, Rosalind (Wayne) Smith, Daphne Chafe, Betty Perry and Janet Power as well as a large circle of extended family and friends.
Stella was a devoted wife to her loving husband, Bob, and an adoring mother to her children. She always made her family the highest priority in her life, loving and caring deeply with all her heart. During the past 27 years of her life, her grandchildren became the focus of her world. There was nothing that she enjoyed more than family gatherings with Ashley, Stephanie, and Riley, especially when those get-togethers included the special people in their lives: Mark MacLellan, Kélé Miguel, and Katie Gaulton. Recently, since Ashley moved to Alberta, she looked forward to every opportunity to FaceTime with her. Her grandchildren will always remember their grandmother as generous and kind-hearted as well as loving endlessly and unconditionally. In addition to her close family members, extended family and friends will never forget how Stella always made everyone feel welcome and gave them “the royal treatment” when they visited her home in Grand Falls or St. John’s.
Special thanks are extended to Lolly Noseworthy and her amazing staff at North Pond Manor in Torbay where Stella resided for the last five and a half years. Their commitment to providing a loving and caring home for her during these years was beyond measure. In the last couple of months, after she became ill, they provided tender and compassionate care that was above and beyond the call of duty, ensuring that she was always comfortable and that all her needs were met. The family would also like to express their gratitude to Dr. Laurie who provided her with the best of care within the last two years as well as invaluable support and guidance to the family in recent weeks.
Stella has now joined Bob, her husband of 43 years, and her son, Robert, in eternal peace and happiness.
Cremation has been entrusted to Carnell’s Funeral Home. Plans for a celebration of life in St. John’s and a burial in Grand Falls will be shared at a future date. A donation of flowers will be graciously accepted at the time that the celebration of life or burial takes place or donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.