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June 5, 1950 — July 8, 2020

Born: June 05, 1950, Rose Valley, Saskatchewan
Married: Bernard (Bernie) Desrosiers July 11. 1970, Tisdale, Saskatchewan
Died: July 08, 2020, Kelowna, B.C.

The daughter of Percy and Olive Hill, Diane was predeceased by her grandparents: Steven (Mary Jane Stewart) Hill, William (Olive Brewer) Sluggett – Jack Goldsworthy, and brothers: Jim (Ellen), Alvin, and Ken. She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Bernard Desrosiers; children: Chantelle (Matt Whitt), Ryan (Trish), and Jarrett (Holli); grandchildren: Alexandra, Nevin, Lily and Thea; brothers: Victor (Cecille), George (Juliette), Don (Norma), and Les (Colleen); sisters-in-law: Shirley, Reeny, Linda (Hill), and Aurore Lauzon; a number of treasured nephews and nieces; and by an extensive Desrosiers family.

Diane was an honours graduate of the 1967 graduation class of Bjorkdale High School. She completed her Standard Teaching Certificate in 1969 going on to teach elementary school in Tisdale and La Crete, Alberta. After taking time out raising her family and teaching ESL part-time while completing her B.A. and B. Ed. from the U of A, Diane returned to teach ESL full time to refugees, immigrants and New Canadians — first at Grande Prairie Regional College and finally at Okanagan College in Salmon Arm, BC. She finished out her career as an immigrant settlement worker working for the Shuswap Settlement Services Society which she and Bernie were instrumental in initiating. Both Diane and Bernie worked to end hate and discrimination, to promote ethnic diversity, tolerance and inclusion, and to achieve social equity through their work with the N.D.P. and community action groups. Memorial donations may be made to the New Democratic Party, www.ndp.ca, the Terry Fox Cancer Fund, terryfox.org, or to the United Nations Save the Children Fund, www.savethechildren.org.

Diane enjoyed gardening, baking, reading and dancing. She had a soft spot for pets and children. She is remembered for her fine cuisine and gracious hosting. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

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  • Roseann Desrosiers O’Neil says:

    Uncle Bernie and family my deepest condolences
    Thinking of you all at this time. ❤️

  • Al and MaryEllen says:

    Sorry to read of Diane’s passing. She always had a smile. Condolences to Bernie and family.

  • Jim and Sharon Wright says:

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. Our thoughts and prayer’s are with the family.

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