Denise Louise Kelsey left our world to live with her Mom on Tuesday morning, Jan.18, 2010. She left peacefully asleep while at her home.
Denise was born in Long Beach, California, on Dec.17, 1964, to Larry and Jean Quatrone. She was raised in southern California and thrived on the sun, friends, and playing at the beach. In her grade school years Denise was a girl scout, a cheerleader, and also played the flute. She was an excellent cartoon artist, a skill which later evolved into crafting homemade Neece’s Pieces ornaments and magnets. Denise graduated from Lakewood High School in Long Beach in 1982.
When Denise was 19, she moved to Rupert for a new adventure and to be near her mother and siblings. She met Declo, Idaho native Ron Kelsey in December of 1984, and they married just shy of two years later on Nov. 24, 1986. The two enjoyed fishing and camping together and exploring Idaho’s outdoors. She was blessed with two boys, Shane Ryan and Kyle John, who are her pride and joy. The happy family enjoyed taking outdoor excursions and spending many long hours together in their fishing boat.
Denise worked for a variety of companies including Boise Cascade, Riverview Meat Packing, and selling Avon, but everybody knew her as a long-standing cashier at Wal-Mart and most recently as a cashier at the Burley Chevron station.
Denise was an incredibly social person. She loved spending time around her friends and relaxing at family gatherings. She loved people, laughing, and poking fun at life’s idiosyncrasies. Denise always loved music, and she especially loved going to rock concerts with friends. She had a deep-rooted love for all animals and had always aspired to work in veterinary medicine. In 2008, she graduated with an Associate’s degree from the College of Southern Idaho and was working toward earning her LPN license.
Denise is survived by her sons, Shane Ryan (fiancée, Renamarie Carter), 22, of Burley, and Kyle John, 19, of Declo; her father, Larry John Quatrone (Therese Wright) of Long Beach, California; brothers, Joe (Rachel) Quatrone and Troy (Yvonne) Morfin; and a sister, Amber Dessel.
Denise was preceded in death by her mother, Jean S. Morfin.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley.