Dianne Holyk passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC after a brief illness on Tuesday June 11th, 2013 with her family by her side at Victoria General Hospital.
Dianne was born in Leoville, Saskatchewan on December 13th, 1947 to Antoinette and Elmer Doucette. Dianne was the eldest of eight children born to her parents. On August 2nd, 1968 Dianne married David Holyk and together they had two children, Jackie and Michael. In 1975 Dianne and her family moved to Quesnel, BC where she made her home for the next 38 years.
Dianne was known as a selfless individual and a hard worker, having spent 23 years working at Quesnel Forest Products, before her retirement. She frequently volunteered for the various sports organizations her children or grandchildren belonged to. She could often be found shuttling Jackie and Michael and their friends or teammates to the Quesnel Civic Arena or the various softball and baseball fields around the city. She was much admired for her devotion to her children and grandchildren and their dreams. In her retirement years she could most often be found in her yard tending to her gardening or spending time with her beloved dogs, Maggie and Ben.
Dianne is predeceased by her parents Antoinette and Elmer Doucette.
She is survived by her husband David, daughter Jackie (Ron) Richert, son Michael (Kari) Holyk, sisters; Lucille Robins, Angela Fjeld, Laurette Peet, Annette Nolette, brothers Andy Doucette, Hubert Doucette, Laurent Doucette grandchildren; Regan, Alena, Casey and Timothy.
Dianne will be deeply missed by all of her friends and family and will be remembered by all who knew her as someone who had a tremendous impact on those around her. She liked to help others with as little fuss or attention as possible and leaves this trait as her greatest legacy to her children and grandchildren.
Her family would like to thank all of the dedicated health professionals who assisted Dianne during her illness with a special Thank You to the nursing staff in the Neuroscience, ICU and Acute Care wards of the Victoria General Hospital. These wonderful men and women provided Dianne and her family with a peaceful and dignified final few days together.
Friends and family are invited to Dianne’s funeral which will be held at St. Anns Catholic Church in Quesnel, BC on Saturday, June 29th at 11:00 am. There will be a tea hosted at the Parish Hall after the internment to celebrate Dianne’s life. In lieu of flowers, Dianne’s family would like to have any donations be made to the Quesnel School District Breakfast program. She found her work with the students of Red Bluff Elementary School in the breakfast program extremely meaningful and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of her retirement.