Monique passed into the hands of The Lord on March 22, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah surrounded by her family.
Monique was born in Banca, BP France on April 16, 1942. She arrived in the United States as a six year old child. Her first stop was the Willow Creek Ranch in Nye County, Nevada. Monique attended Eureka County Grade School and was a graduate of St. Mary’s of the Wasatch Catholic High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon graduation, Monique attended Hollywood Beauty College. She returned to Eureka to help with the family business.
Along with her husband Jim, she owned and operated the Eureka Motel for 26 years. She was the Director of the Eureka Senior Citizen’s Center, an EMT/EMT Instructor, CCD Instructor, Girl Scout Leader, National School Board member, a school bus driver, a home health aide and a member of the Elko Basque Club. She was very proud to have become a United States Citizen.
Monique was a fixer of broken things, of broken hearts and of broken people. She gave birth to four children but, was a mother to dozens.
Monique is survived by her husband of 47 years, James; daughters Angelique Idoyaga-Stevens (Brent), Pierrette Idoyaga; sons Paul Ithurralde (Kim), Bertrand Ithurralde and Jerry Ithurralde; grandsons Nick, Josh and Connor (DeAnna) Stevens and Joseph Rocco; great-granddaughters Rhiannon, Ryland and Eva; and sister Marianna Kenneson. She was preceded in death by Angel Idoyaga, her father Bertrand, and her mother Mari Batit.
A private family Catholic Mass has been held. Donations to honor Monique’s memory may be made to St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, Eureka, Nevada. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.starksfuneral.com