BURLINGTON — Darlene Theresa Quilliam, 72, of Burlington passed away peacefully Sunday evening Feb. 14, 2016, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston following a courageous and brief battle with cancer.

She was born in St. Albans on May 5, 1943, daughter of Alcide and Stella (Williams) Quilliam.

Darlene graduated from St. Mary’s High School in St. Albans in 1961. She went on to study at Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in Burlington where she graduated in 1964 with a Registered Nurse degree. Her nursing career included working for the Burlington Chapter of the American Red Cross Blood Drawings, the former Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington, and at the Starr Farm Nursing Home in Burlington from where she retired. In recent years Darlene enjoyed volunteering for the Burlington Meals on Wheels and the Ronald McDonald House.

Darlene is survived by her aunt, Julia (Williams) Constantine, of Georgia, and cousins Gerald Bolio, Jr. of Nashua, N.H., Ronald Bolio of Springfield, Bruce Constantine of Georgia, Susan (Constantine) Trahan of St. Albans, Ellen (Howe) Goehlert of South Burlington, David Howe and Mary Ann (Howe) Palasik of Milton, William Lyon of Fla., Beverly (Lyon) Foster of N.C., Mary Jane (Austin) Wheeler of St. Albans, and Nancy (Austin) Medor of Minn. Darlene is also survived by two special friends who shared their compassion, Sean Grattan of Essex, and Shannon Leclair of Shelburne.

Darlene was preceded in death by her father, Alcide, in 1954, her mother, Stella, in 2007, her brother, James, in 1951, aunts, Edith Williams, Hazel (Williams) Bolio and her husband, Gerald Sr., Mary (Tarbox) Howe and her husband, Clifford, Lillian (Tarbox) Lyon and her husband, William, Marcelle (Quilliam) Austin and her husband, Reginald, and uncles, Charles Constantine, and Franklyn Tarbox and his wife, Frances.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 22 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 20 Pine Street, Burlington, with the Monsignor Routhier presiding. Interment will follow in the Quilliam family lot in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Swanton at noon.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 16 South Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, 77 Sunset View Road, South Hero, VT 05486, or the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

Darlene’s family thanks the staffs on UVMC McClure 5, and at the Vermont Respite House in Williston for the respectful care expressed to her.

To send online condolences to her family please visit www.readyfuneral.com.