Darquise Andree Thompson unexpectedly passed away on September 20, 2021 from covid19. She was 75 years old and a resident of Huntington Beach, California.
She is survived by her husband David, son Pascal Ribot and her grandchildren Alyssa & Mitchell, stepdaughter Heather Lasater & husband Scott, her sisters and families; Claudette Dlugokinski & husband Harry, Sonia Aitken & husband James, Linda Phillips, Natalie Talon & husband Michel, brother Luc Brisebois & wife Jacynthe. Also, her predeceased sister Carolle Brisebois.
Darquise was born, raised and educated in Normetal, Quebec, Canada a small predominately French speaking gold mining town, 400 miles north of Ottawa, Ontario. There, as a youngster, she enjoyed camping & fishing with her sisters, gold prospecting and moose hunting with her father and wild berry picking and baking pies with her mother. As a young woman she moved to Ottawa, working a variety of jobs, her favorite; nursing in a hospital for terminally ill adults and handicap children where she would often return on her own time to be with her patients. She married had one child and become an avid snow skier. Later, she remarried to David Thompson and together with his daughter, they relocated and settled in Southern California.
Darquise had an outgoing personality and passion for life and its activities. She became an award winning oil painter when a member of the Huntington Beach Art League, a passionate gardener raising everything from roses to cactus, learned ocean sailing on their boat the “Belle Darquise”, a fearless desert motorcycle rider when camping on the high desert, a gourmet cook specializing in healthy well balanced meals (never ate junk foods) and an interior home designer that liked to poke around antique shops seeking items with a French influence. She had a definite European flair for clothing styles, liked colorful silk scarves and always dressed appropriately for the occasion. A little style trick she liked to do with her coat or shirt collar, always flipping it up in back. Because of her dual language and communication skills, she was asked and accepted an interim position to teach the advanced students French at Huntington Beach High School. She loved her French Canadian heritage and citizenship and also proud of acquiring a U.S. citizenship through diligent study. Her smiling picture holding the new certificate after the ceremony appeared in a regional newspaper.
Darquise was always energetic and affectionate with a kiss on the cheek for everyone she knew and loved. She was blessed with thick as a lion’s mane, beautiful hair she liked to wear in a French twist in back, becoming her signature hair style. She kept a youthful figure her entire life, had a beautiful face and smile and looked on the bright side of everything. She would usually be the life of any party, gathering or festivity; the first one on a dance floor and the most popular person in the room with her sparkling sometimes, playful extrovert personality. She was never afraid to be herself and would speak straight out on any subject she felt passionate about.
Darquise is sadly missed by all those that knew and loved her, a devastating loss to her husband David, her son Pascal and her step-daughter Heather. May God watch over her sweet soul in Heaven until we can all join her sometime in the future on the other side.
A commemorative memorial service and a reception celebrating her life has been scheduled for January 15, 2022, beginning at 11:00 A.M. at the Community United Methodist Church, 6652 Heil Ave., Huntington Beach, California.
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