Tamara Larralde-Palone, 48, died at her home in Goodyear, Ariz., with her loving husband Carl Palone, by her side. She was diagnosed with melanoma brain cancer not even a year ago today. A great storyteller and lover of life, Tamara will be missed by all.
She was raised by her mother, Goldie Kathleen Adams, and father, Wayne B. Adams Jr., as well as her father Joseph Roy Larralde and Charlene Gasho. She is also survived by her three siblings: Joseph Mitch Larralde, Lisa Durbrow and Leslie Adams.
She also leaves family members including Vicki (Palone) and Robert Cameron and family; Bruce and Cheryl (Palone) and family; Rod and Kay Palone and family; Kathy (Palone) and Ed Warman and family; Todd and Lynn (Palone) Kehoe with family. She also leaves behind two nieces: Lauren Larralde and Megan Larralde. Also Gil and Claudia Ellis with family and Ed Ellis with family. She is also leaving ‘behind’ Courtney M. and Shirley Rupp with family; Shirley Harwood with family; and Erma Fritchen with family. She was preceded in death by Celo Suhayda, Brian (Palone) Johnson, Katherine Horrell, and her grandparents Joseph R. Larralde and Delia (Melillo) Larralde, and Jack and Thelma (Warren) Rupp.
Tamara was a third-generation Reno-born descendent and graduated from E. Wooster High School, where she met her (also native) husband, Carl Palone. They both went on separate military missions and eventually ended up together at their 20th high school reunion, a little worn for wear but ready for retirement and a life together. Carl had the children in the family: Crystal-Ann, Gabriel Delmar and Nathaniel Carl, and came from a large, Reno family headed by Delmar and Pat Palone. She saw her niche alongside Grandma Katherine Horrell, Aunt Nancy and Aunt Bev and settled for some love and excitement. They sold the ‘Tahoe House’ and bought a 40-foot RV with a Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveled the U.S. for about five years, until both of their health problems began to reel them in. They gave up travel completely in August 2006, two days after their 30-year reunion. “Do it now and do it ferociously” is what they always believed.
Tamara loved her dogs and was sad to be left by Kila, Cleo and Erma, and wanted to say “See you at the Rainbow Bridge” and most of all, “Thanks, Jack (her dauschund). I couldn’t have done it without your guidance.”
The family and Tamara request that instead of flowers, please send donations to either Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flowers St., Phoeniz, AZ 85014 or Disabled American Veterans, National Office, 1201 Terminal Way, Reno, NV 89502. She was always giving, even up to the end, so please give in her honor.