DIANA LENA McDELL
Born: April 1st, 1950
Passed on: March 2nd, 2013
Diana passed away on March 2nd after a brief, courageous battle with cancer.
Diana was born in Eindhoven, Netherlands and emigrated to Canada in 1957 with her family. The family settled in Sarnia, Ontario where Diana was schooled and lived until marrying in 1970 when she moved to British Columbia. During her youth In Sarnia, she enjoyed a variety of sports, but excelled in particular, in long-distance swimming.
She is survived by her husband Byron, son Cary (Kristy), daughter Deena (Jannik), and the new joy in her life, their grandchild Elena. Also, mourning the loss are her mother Mary, brother Ed, sister Mary Anne (Jim), as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives in Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.
Diana was predeceased by her father Ted.
Diana spent most of her working life with the British Columbia Lottery Corporation in Kamloops and concluded her career as the manager of the Customer Support Centre. As a manager and leader, Diana was passionate about her work. She valued and respected her colleagues and worked to build relationships and trust. She embraced change and focused on teamwork and cooperative effort.
But, her most important role in life was to be a mother and wife. She raised her children with devoted love, wise advice, continual support, and massive generosity. She lived life with a positive attitude and character qualities that made it very easy for you to be her friend or colleague and for her husband to be her partner.
Diana's primary hobbies throughout her life were sewing, a variety of exercise classes, reading, and her favourite, gardening. She was a life-long learner and pursued more knowledge with a passion.
The family extends thanks to the many friends and colleagues who expressed their love and respect for her and support for the family during her last painful journey. You are greatly appreciated.
A Celebration of Life will occur on Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 a.m. in the Schoening Funeral Chapel.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com
Should friends desire, donations made in Diana's memory to Kamloops Hospice would be appreciated.