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Dianne Francis Pilloud (née Harbottle) passed away March 22, 2022, in Kelowna, BC, with her husband, daughter, and son-in-law by her side. Dianne battled cancer for years, but you would never know she had a life-threatening illness, she was always upbeat, living her life to the fullest. Dianne always put others before herself, especially her family, despite all the challenges she faced. Dianne was truly a remarkable woman.

Dianne Pilloud was born in Whitehorse, Yukon (4th Generation) the daughter of Thelma Viktoria Harbottle (née Norberg) and Francis “Bud” Edmund Harbottle. She was sister to Donna Davis (née Harbottle). Dianne spent most of her life in the Yukon. Dianne was a proud Yukoner, she loved her home. Even when she retired and left the North, she made a point of keeping in touch with her Yukon friends and family. She attended Yukoner events each year, filled her home with Yukon memorabilia and, of course, her Yukon gold! Mom loved her jewellery. The Yukon was good to her: she had her career of 33 years with the Hydro company, met her life love, Ray Pilloud, and raised her only child Melinda Isaac (née Pilloud) there.

Mom had a gift with people. She could call someone up, whom she hadn’t spoken to in years, and she just knew how to make them feel as if it was only yesterday they had last spoken to each other.
She always knew how to make you smile and feel a sense of home when talking to her.

Dianne and Ray spent 53 beautiful years married, they did absolutely everything together, from travelling the world to playing cards every night. They retired to the Okanagan where they enjoyed a close relationship with her daughter and son-in-law and watching their grandchildren and now great-grandchildren grow up.

Dianne was very close to her sister Donna, whom she admired. They spoke daily with one another, travelled, and had many family get-togethers. Donna said Dianne was “the best sister she could have ever asked for”.

Dianne is survived by her husband Ray Pilloud; daughter Melinda (Warren) Isaac; grandchildren Nikolas Skopik, Callista Isaac, and Ariana Isaac (Nigel); and great-grandchildren Rayna Rose and Ashton; sister Donna (Dave) Davis, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dianne was predeceased by her mother, Thema Harbottle, and father Bud Harbottle.

In lieu of flowers, please make a remembrance in her name and donate to your local SPCA, mom loved her animals.

A private Celebration of Life will be held to honour Dianne.

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  • Judy + Hans Lohse says:

    Our deepest condolences to Ray and the entire family. We too shall really miss Dianne. She had such a cheerful nature. She was so kind and welcoming when we 1st moved into the neighborhood. May you rest in peace

  • Leanne Honce (Chase) says:

    Dear Ray, Melinda, Warren and family. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember meeting Dianne in Whitehorse when I was a teenager and thinking that she was a classy lady. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Leanne and the kids xo

    • Sòphie Armitage says:

      Dear Ray and family, I am sad to hear Diane passed away. Knew her from Whitehorse, during the 50s Diane was my baby sitter, a lovely young girl who was kind and gentle and she remained that way throughout her life will miss you. I send you love and comfort. Cherish your many good memories and may they give you comfort. Sincerely Sophie Armitage.

  • Linda Kelly says:

    Ray, Melinda & family: we are so very sorry to hear of Dianne’s passing. We remember her as a very upbeat, fun-loving individual who was always smiling and made everyone she met feel so at home and comfortable. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. She will be fiercely missed by anyone who knew her. Sending all our love. Linda & Carter

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  • Ron/Iris Daniels says:

    We are very sad to hear that Dianne passed away. .Our thoughts are with you and your family

  • Sharon Small says:

    So sad to hear of Dianne’s passing. She was a very thoughtful and caring cousin to my mom Joy Denton she regularly checked in on us both during mom’s illness last fall. If the chance to reunite is there, I’m sure they are happily “catching up”. They shared a special bond through the years. My heart is with you Melinda and Ray during this sad time. Sharon (Denton) Small

  • Al & Lynn Alcock says:

    Ray, Melinda and family. We were very saddened to hear of Dianne’s passing. We are grateful that you both lived a happy life together. When you left the Yukon we knew that your hearts were still here. Please know we are thinking of you. Dianne – what can we say except go in peace and know you will be missed by all you have graced your presence with.

  • June Dittmer says:

    Dear Ray, Melinda, Donna, and family; our deepest condolences to you as you grieve Dianne’s death, We cannot begin to feel how sad and hard this must be. For us, Dianne was a special person, warm, caring, very thoughtful, and generous; a true human best. We are grateful for the memories we have of her. May your memories of Dianne comfort you and ease the path forward. Sending our love, June & Ashley Dittmer. (Photo is of Dianne, early 1950’s)

  • shirley arrell says:

    So sorry to hear of Dianne’s passing, it is always heart breaking for the family to let go of their loved one, even though, they have fought the strong battle to hold on to life. You are in a place where you are free of pain, sweet girl, you will be remembered. Rest in peace

  • Ingrid Dick says:

    Ray my thoughts are with you and the family. there really are no words . Dianne was a gift to our world
    She thought of others before herself very kind and thoughtful . She was a blessing to our world mayshe rest in peace she will be missed by all that knew her

  • Bob Cameron says:

    Ray and Melinda – So sorry for your sad loss. Dianne, goodby, buddy. We had a lot of fun as kids. As you once said “Good thing you were a tomboy!” I miss your emails and phone calls. RIP.

  • Ric Seely says:

    Hey folks, I had mention Dianne in conversation moments ago and of course brought her to mind. Checking the internet I came across this page announcing her passing. Diane was a genuine dear soul and I thought the world of her. As you may recall we worked many a year together in the good ole power days. All my best to you both Ray and Melinda, you were both her sunrise and sunset of each day! God Bless

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