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Born: Jan 07, 1935

Date of Passing: Sep 19, 2021

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Mary Diane Allison (née Moffatt) passed away peacefully on September 19, 2021 with her family by her side.
She was predeceased by her husband Raymond Allison; her parents, Robert John Moffatt and Alice Marion (Moore); her brother John, and sisters, Joanne and Maureen. She will be dearly missed by her four daughters, Susan (Michael), Carolyn (Larry), Patricia, and Elizabeth (Michael); her 10 grandchildren, Kyle, Brittney (Matt), Kristjon, Nicholas, Emiley, Aaron (Tatiana), George, Charlie, Nolan and Cameron and by her one great-grandson Jackson.
Diane, as Mom liked to be called, was born on January 7, 1935 in Roland, Manitoba. She went to nursing school at the Winnipeg General Hospital with her cousin and best friend Donna. Mom always knew she would be a nurse and help others, like her role model Aunt Anne. Being an adventurous spirit, Mom boarded a train for the West with some classmates and obtained her first nursing job in Nanaimo, BC! It was there that she became famous for hosting amazing dinner parties; always making sure the hospital staff were well fed! Mom then moved to Outlook, SK to work in the hospital where she helped deliver many babies! Eventually Mom moved back to Manitoba. Mom retired from Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg after many years helping countless individuals with her loving care on the Alzheimer and Brain Injury Units. She continued her love for helping others by volunteering with the "Friends of the Glenrose" when she moved to Edmonton.
Mom was the resident nurse in our neighbourhood; the go-to person if anyone got hurt. She was a very kind, beautiful, intelligent, gentle lady who had hands that could heal any wounds by her simple touch. Mom always made everyone feel special and could always make you smile. Mom's sincerity allowed her to make friends instantly. She had wonderful close friends who were like family including Dee, Sharon, Rose and Fran. Together they formed a Bridge Club that turned into a regular girls' get-together where countless wonderful memories were made! Mom was an avid knitter and had a new baby shawl for every new arrival in the neighborhood. She loved to garden and grew the best tomatoes and raspberries! And Mom was a terrific baker, including her famous lemon meringue pie! Mom carried on her tradition of hosting dinner parties throughout the years and every Sunday would put on a big meal inviting neighbours, friends or anyone that needed a good meal. Mom made our house a home and it was always filled with love.
Mom was part of the Friendship Force in Edmonton, after relocating there in her retirement. She made several trips around the world with this group to Brazil, Peru, New Zealand and Australia helping to form strong friendships with people of all cultures. You would never see Mom without a camera in hand, she was excellent at capturing the moment on film! Mom loved music and especially the symphony, and was a season ticket holder for the Edmonton Symphony for a number of years.
Mom lived for her children and her grandchildren and new great-grandson. They swear that she gives the best hugs and is the kindest Grandma ever, who would do anything to help anyone! She loved to take her kids and grandkids to Tim's for a favourite snack, always had a new plush toy for them from the stash she had at her house, or a newly-knitted pair of mittens or slippers for anyone coming over. Mom was always the number one cheerleader at all of her kids and grandkids sports! She loved watching swimming, baseball, soccer and hockey and will always be there on the sidelines still cheering her family on! She treasured every moment with her family. Mom was fearless and not bound by her age. She went on her first big waterslide at West Edmonton Mall at age 79! And her smile said it all! On a family trip to Disneyland she went on all the rides that her grandkids wanted to go on, including more daring rides like the huge Mickey Mouse Ferris wheel or the Indiana Jones ride! One of her favourite rides was the tilt-a-whirl and she'd smile and her eyes light up as she would make it spin!
We would like to thank Pat Todd, Mom's personal care companion. She was with Mom until the end and was a godsend to those of us living outside the province. Also, a very big thank you to all of the Brightwater staff, health care workers, social activities personnel and the nurses for taking such good care of our mom. It is because of all of you that we knew that Mom was well looked after. We are forever grateful to you.
At Mom's wishes, she has been cremated and we will celebrate her life with family and close friends in early October.
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Alzheimer Society in Mom's name.

Mom, your life was purposeful and
meaningful and a life well lived.
You left footprints on so many hearts.
Our deep sorrow reflects the depth of
our loss, for grief is the cost of great love.
We are comforted by knowing that loved
ones who have gone before you, including
Nana and Grandpa, are with you and embracing you with love. There are
reminders of you at every corner Mom,
thus you do live on, forever and always in
our hearts and minds, cherished and loved deeply. We know this is not goodbye,
this is "see you later!"

Your loving daughters

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2021

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Within a short period of time, we're able to know her (Diane) and some of her family members personally. It only means that taking care of someone doesn't come only by helping them in their daily activities, giving a shower, grooming or putting them to bed comfortably but most importantly on how you touched each other's lives on a daily basis. The relationship you have with the resident do comes with love, respect, trust and happiness. Those memories that you had with her, together with the people around her, will always be there from the day you met them until the day they said thank you for everything. You will always be in our heart. Rest in peace Diane. - Posted by: John Aquino (Care worker) on: Oct 03, 2021

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