ARLENE MCQUADE Arlene McQuade, of Santa Fe, went to be with our Heavenly Father on April 21, 2014. She was born May 29, 1936 in New York City to Arthur McQuade and Rita Riccio McQuade. At the age of three, Arlene became active in show business, and by age twelve she had worked almost continuously on radio shows, early television, and Broadway plays. She received the plaudits of New York theater critics for her role in Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke." Her performance landed her a leading role in the new television series, "The Goldbergs." The show was a great success and Arlene remained in the role of Rosalie throughout its seven year run. In 1957, Arlene traveled to California for Orson Welles' Film "A Touch of Evil," where she met actor Valentin DeVargas (1934-2013). They married and had two children, Marita and Valentin. Arlene had a life-long passion for art. Her own works included oil and watercolor paintings, sculpture, welded glass lamps, among countless other nature-inspired creations. Many of her pieces were featured in galleries in New York, California, and Santa Fe, where she relocated in 2002 to live near her children. Arlene was a woman of passion, always loving a good debate. She had a deep admiration for nature, music, poetry, and animals, mothering many felines along the way, most recently her cat, Sonny Soprano, named after her favorite television character. She was an avid reader of religion and philosophy. Her favorite poet was e. e. cummings, whom she was proud to have met several times as a young girl living in New York City. Arlene will be remembered as an amazing creative talent, but mostly as a devoted Mother and Nana. She is survived by her daughter, Marita, and son, Valentin. Her granddaughter, Nevada and her husband, Chad, grandson, Gavin and his wife, Felice, grandson, Dylan, and great-grandsons, Liam and Owen.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on May 11, 2014