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Death of Professional Storyteller (network) Founder, Dianne de Las Casas

The storytelling world and especially those of us at Professional Storyteller are numb with surprise and grief over the loss of Dianne de Las Casas to a house fire on August 21. Dianne founded this site and worked with us to keep it going after Don “Buck P.” Creacy became the new site owner, keeping it running in early 2012.

The following newspaper article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune gives details as they were known on the day following her death. As the article quotes her daughter, Soleil, about Dianne, (she) “would want people to celebrate her life.” While we have a Memorial status and page on P.S. for members here who have died, Dianne's long-time devotion to our network calls for special attention. Please help us celebrate her life by sending in your favorite remembrances of her to ProfessionalStoryteller.ning.com and we will share it with her daughters, Soleil and Eliana. There will be a blog post on Professional Storyteller titled Death of Professional Storyteller (network) Founder, Dianne de Las Casas and we will send it to her daughters and later add it to her page here.

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Comment by Sarah Addison on September 18, 2017 at 12:12pm

Time...tick...tock...what is time...there is never enough time.  Dianne journey is over, but her memories will remain captured in our hearts. She was like a cool breeze that blew beautiful stories into our lives.  Like the cool breeze she is now gone but will never be forgotten.  My condolences to her family especially her daughters. 

Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on September 1, 2017 at 12:12pm

Rivka, thank you for sharing Dianne's "God wink" comment.  We will be preparing a tribute giving all these comments to her daughters and will be sure to include yours.  Hurricane Harvey happening on the heels of her death certainly brings me to remembrances of her own post-hurricane coping with "God winks."  It also gave us an opportunity to support her and our fellow members of the storytelling family.  Now is the perfect time to think this way again.  (More to follow!)

Comment by Rivka Willick on August 28, 2017 at 9:54am

Dianne introduced me to the phrase "God wink" Its when you do something (often out of your field of comfort) and something else-often unexpected and/or not directly related happens to confirm the correctness of your actions.  Dianne's out-of-the-box thinking and willingness to step out of the comfort zone was an inspiration to me. My prayers and thoughts are with her family.

Comment by Emma Alexander Arthur on August 26, 2017 at 1:53pm

I am so sad to hear the news of Dianne's passing.  It is a sad loss for everyone.  My condolences to her family.

Comment by Bruce Hale on August 26, 2017 at 10:22am

I'm shocked and saddened to hear of Dianne's passing. She was so bursting with life and sass and sparkle, it's hard to believe she's gone.  When I first met her, I was one of the judges of SCBWIdol, a competition among children's authors' school presentations. There were some pretty decent presenters -- I think one even juggled -- but when Dianne claimed the stage and told her own salsa-fied version of the Billy Goats Gruff, it almost wasn't fair how good she was. She won the contest hands-down, and that day began our friendship.  I would only see Dianne every year or so, at some book-related event or another, but even so, I'm surprised at how deeply I feel her loss.  She was a generous, talented, dare I say glittery, person. Dianne will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Comment by Dulce Rodrigues on August 26, 2017 at 6:32am

I had the opportunity of exchanging mail with Dianne two or three times, and I found her a lovely person. I'm so sad she passed away. My condolences to her family, in particular to her daughters.

Comment by Twice Upon a Time Storytellers/Gene & Peggy Helmick-Richardson on August 25, 2017 at 12:59pm

Dianne's passing is such a sad loss for us all. Not only was she a talented writer and storyteller, Dianne was artful in bringing joy to everyone around her. Condolences to her family.

Comment by Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher on August 24, 2017 at 3:54am

My condolences, I am sad reading that, a lot of hugs to the family.

Alessandro

Comment by Iris Curteis on August 24, 2017 at 1:15am

Lois, thank you for letting me know about Dianne. Are you gathering condolences? If so, my loving thoughts to Soleil; and Eliana

Iris

Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on August 23, 2017 at 7:48pm

Comment by Oneal Isaac:

 OMG!!!  Such shocking news!  I just finished reading about the death of Dianne de Las Casas.  Dianne took me under her wing and showed me what I needed to become a professional storyteller.  Dianne was one of the most generous people I have known.  It seems that she lived several lifetimes in this one life. My condolences to her family.  Rest in peace sweet princess!!!

Oneal Isaac

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