Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Alice Chappa (Jaya) , a former Westport resident, died Oct. 13, 2015 in Jacksonville, Fla.. She was 99.
She was born Jan. 8, 1916 in Oran, Algeria the daughter of Pedro Maria Jaya Galvez and Isidora Amelia Martinez She was one of four sisters, including Teresa, Jeanne, and Odette Joya.
She came to the United States in 1947 after World War II. Prior to moving to Westport, she resided in North Africa as a French citizen where she worked for the United States during the war.
There, she met Michael J. Chappa, a native Westporter, who was in charge of a Quartermaster Company In Oran at the time. He asked her to come to the United States. where they married in 1947.
She resided in Westport until the death of her husband in 1968 and subsequently moved to Pante Vedra Beach, Fla.
She was a warm and friendly person who had many friends and close family members. She was a talented and self-taught seamstress; she also spoke many languages fluently and greatly enjoyed travel. She loved animals, gardenias, fashion, Christmas time, and walking on the Floridian beach.
She is survived by sister, Odette Joya of Avignon, France; son, George Chappa of Westport; niece Odlie Munos of Avignon, France; granddaughters, Karen M. Chappa of Hamden and Kristen M. Chappa of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and great-grandson Eli De Capua of Hamden.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Community Hospice Foundation of North East Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL
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