Diane Elaine Friesen passed away peacefully Monday, July 25, 2004 after an especially courageous battle with cancer.
A celebration of Diane’s life was held in Clayton’s Chapel on Thursday, July 29 with Norm Botterill officiating.
Two of Diane’s nieces, Candace Dunn and Cindy Paull presented the eulogy. Kathy Dunn sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”, accompanied by Sue Saip.
A graveside service followed with pallbearers Ron Dunn, Dale Dunn, Ricky Dunn, Thane Friesen Jr. Michael Ralstin, Ed Sankey, Josh Dunn and Garrett Dunn.
A tea was then held at the Elks Hall where family members and friends gathered for a light lunch provided by Sylvia Derkatch and where they shared an extensive display of photos of Diane’s 60 years with us.
Diane was born in New Westminster on February 9, 1944. She lived 53 years of her life in Quesnel, when she arrived as a 7 year-old with her parents and young family from the coast.
Diane was pre-deceased by her mother Ella ‘Doris’ and her father, Harold H. Dunn, two brothers, Gary (infant) and older brother Jim Dunn, as well as her former husband Bruce Friesen.
Diane will be sadly missed by her son, Danny Friesen, her brothers, Larry and John Dunn, her Auntie Edith, Uncle Walt and Auntie Peggy, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and many cherished friends.
To express Diane’s and Danny’s appreciation of two portable cabinets in her hospital room (May-July), and to thank Dr. McFetridge, nurses and G.R. Baker staff for all the care given to Diane, Danny requests donations be made to Palliative Care to financially support one or more portable cabinets (with fridge and microwave and/or TV and audio) for future Palliative Care patients whose final days must rely on a hospital room being as home-like and comfortable as possible.
Donations can be made at Harkins, Quesnel Honda and the Quesnel Golf Course. These funds will go directly to Danny’s special project in loving memory of his mom.