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OBITUARY

Darlene Harrison Qualls

April 4, 1940May 10, 2020
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Darlene Harrison Qualls left this world quietly and peacefully on Sunday May 10, 2020 in direct contrast to how she lived.

She walked on the Great Wall of China, para-sailed over Acapulco, saw the tulips bloom in Denmark, sipped limoncello on the banks of Lake Como and had her portrait sketched on the steps of Montmartre, not to mention dancing the night away in her younger years in Terre Haute Indiana. Quiet and peaceful would not be used to describe her.

She was known for her quick wit, easy humor and force of will. She was always up for an adventure and for helping others whenever possible. She loved to sing, dance, sketch and laugh.

She was born April 4,1940 in Rockville Indiana. The family moved to Paris, Ill. where she graduated from Paris High School in 1958. She received a scholarship to study art at Eastern Illinois University.

In 1961 she married and later settled in Las Vegas in 1963. She enjoyed a long career as an Executive Secretary in many hotels, including The Silver Slipper, Castaways and more than 20 years with Caesar’s Palace until her retirement in 2003.

For almost 20 years she volunteered at Spring Mountain Ranch state park as a docent. She loved leading tours in the ranch house and greeting visitors at the admission booth every Thursday, rain or shine.

She is preceded in passing by her sister, Teresa Harrison Cushman. She is survived by her sister, Geraldine Harrison Haase, of North Carolina, her daughter Stacey Michaels and two grandsons, Samuel and Daniel LeFevre as well as an extensive, loving family of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Unfortunately, her memorial will be delayed due to the pandemic restrictions. When it is safe to travel, her life will be celebrated by family and friends in Las Vegas.

Until then, donations can be made in her name to the “Spring Mountain Ranch Docents” program. If you are interested in donating, please send a check care of Joshua Yelle at Spring Man. Ranch State Park PO box 124, Blue Diamond NV. 89004

We will miss her terribly and her absence will be keenly felt.

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Cathy Wruck

June 4, 2020

Cathy Wruck
It was in 1975 that Darlene and I first meet. I had just moved from Long Island New York to Las Vegas. I was looking for a job and ended up in the Executive Offices of Caesars Place. Darlene’s smile greeted me at the top of the stairs to the Executive Offices; it was that smile that I have carried with me for 45 years of friendship.
There would be many Breakfasts, Lunches, shopping trips, Las Vegas Shows, a wild and wonderful trip to Europe we planned over Lunch one day. The most endearing memories where our telephone calls, we were there for each other no matter what time of the day or night we could hold each other together with our kind loving words. We shared stories, hugs, tears, laughter and sometimes pain but we were never more than a telephone call away.,
I will miss her dearly, Darlene you will be in my heart always.

Christine Dye

June 4, 2020

I was six when I met Darlene. As Stacey became my sister, Darlene became my other mom. My sleepover mom, my crazy summer vacation mom, my try to teach me how to sew mom, my lover of books and musical theater mom, my no nonsense mom. She leaves me with so many fond memories that will always be in my heart. Thank you Darlene and rest easy.

Anna Johnston

June 2, 2020

I met Darlene and Jackie on Holland cruise. We shared adventures and dined together. Lots of laughs She was so upbeat, We hit it off and she and Jackie visited Vermont. We went to Montreal and she and I spontaneously danced in the street. Visited her in Las Vegas--a memorable time. She took us on tour of Spring Mountain Ranch, our personal docent. You could not help but love her. She was a bundle of energy, tiny but mighty. Bless you as you grieve your great loss.

Doug LOINETTE

May 31, 2020

In 1020 I was meeting some friends in Vegas. I had not seen iDarlene in years. So I called her and asked if we could meet up. She said absolutely. Darlene and Teresa were kind enough to drive to Bally's and have dinner with me. We sat down and started visiting old times. We were laughing and talking so loud we were afraid they were going to throw us out of a casino. I am not sure if we even ordered dinner. Well after that evening we were now back in touch and did not let that slip away again staying in touch frequently.
I love and miss Darlene and her spirit.

noelle Lee

May 31, 2020

Last time I saw Darlene was at the fee booth at Spring Mountain Ranch. I was going for my shift at the VC and Darlene was working the booth. We chatted for quite a while as we had much in common,
one thing being our similar thoughts on our present President. I will not shock anyone by repeating that conversation.
When I got this sad news I cried. She was one in a million. Always a treat to be around.
Darlene I will miss seeing you .
RIP .

Jessica Castronovo

May 26, 2020

Fourth of July 2019
Jessi (great niece), McKenna (great-great niece), Darlene, & Jeri (sister)

Jessica Castronovo

May 26, 2020

Fourth of July 2019 with her great-great niece McKenna

Cousin Mel and Brenda Loinette

May 20, 2020

One of our most favorite memories of Darlene is one time when we were visiting Las Vegas. She was still working at Caesar's Palace at the time and one afternoon she said she wanted to show us this remarkable statue. She told us to follow her. We had on sneakers and she had on her spiked heels. We must have walked for miles to see that darn statue! We could barely keep up with her and we almost lost sight of her many times!! She was so cute! Every time we think of that long journey to that statue, we smile really big!

Mike Loinette

May 20, 2020

The picture of the three sisters and me with the corncob pipe is the perfect memory that I have. Every time we met the conversation would at least momentarily revert to this era. Wonderful memories

Tammy Haase

May 19, 2020

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