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Date of Passing: Dec 17, 2016

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DIANA BARKWELL RN, PhD (nee WEEKES) With sadness and love we announce that our cherished Diana passed on peacefully on December 17, 2016 at West Park Manor. Diana Barkwell was born at St. Michaels Parish, Barbados, the cherished daughter of Alphonso and Sybil Weekes, the sister of Tyrone (Joanie), Tony (Mary) and Marcia Weekes. She was predeceased by her father. She lived in Barbados and Aruba before coming to Brandon, Manitoba with her family as a teenager. Diana is deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her husband Lawrie, children, Katrina and David; grandson James (and his mother Monique Jensen). The children were the joy of her life. Her very close friends Jan McIntyre, Noreen Morrow, Diana Clarke and Denise Brown join us in our fond memories and recall of the many adventures that life brings. A celebration of Diana's life will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 29, 2016 in St. Philips Anglican Church, 240 Tache Avenue with the Reverend Tanis Kolisnyk the celebrant. Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in photos, stories and condolences for the family by visiting: INTEGRITY Cremation & Funeral Planning 204-295-5408

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 24, 2016

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike Weekes on the passing of Dr. Barkwell. Mike was my counsellor when I was enrolled in mini university in 1994, and I still remember his birthday (Oct. 4) to this day! - Posted by: Philip (No relation) on: Oct 14, 2021

  • Diana was indeed a bright light in many a dark room and her loss will be felt by all who knew her. Her smile and giggle were always comforting. Though I knew her only since 1970, and not as well as many, my connection was as a very good - indeed lifelong - friend of her husband Lawrie. We were kids together and after being out of high school for some time, entered university under the then new mature student program in 1967. Lawrie and Diana stood up for me when I married in 1970 - the only witnesses at our "elopement" and our friendship continued during university and well beyond. Lawrie and I crossed paths many times professionally both being involved in aboriginal issues and we visited when we could. Our childhood gang, though getting smaller, has gotten together irregularly for these many years so we knew Diana was failing. Though expected it may be, the end can never be predicted. I regret not being able to make the celebration of her life but my simple heartfelt condolences go out to Lawrie, David and Katrina. - Posted by: Jim Millar (Friend and admirer) on: Jan 07, 2017

  • To all of Diana's family and friends, I extend my deepest sympathy. Diana was a very personable lady who was always happy to help out and she was always smiling! It was a smile that would brighten your darkest day! We will miss you Diana! - Posted by: Pat Pitcher (Moffat) (classmate in Misericordia School of Nursing Class 70'A) on: Dec 30, 2016

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