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DIANE MACFARLANE

Born: Aug 02, 1949

Date of Passing: Sep 14, 2018

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DIANE MACFARLANE Diane MacFarlane (nee Meilleur) passed away peacefully, in Winnipeg, on September 14, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Diane was born on August 2, 1949 into the family of Ernest and Therese Meilleur at Fisher Branch, MB. In her teenage years, she helped run the family farm and learned the importance of family, hard work, resourcefulness and support to the loved ones around you. Those were values that helped shape her for the rest of her life. In 1968, Diane decided to move to Winnipeg. There, she met Bruce MacFarlane, a university student working at Eatons - across the street from where she worked. They became teenage sweethearts, fell in love, and married on August 28, 1971. They were poor as church mice in the early years. Diane supported Bruce as he entered law school by working at Northern Electric. Together, they formed a small but very successful wedding photography business to help pay the bills. In a few years, Diane and Bruce decided to raise a family. Daughter Cheryl and son Kevin became the love of their lives. Diane took the lead in raising their children. She made sure that both of them understood the importance of the values that she had learned from her parents as a youngster on the farm. Bruce's career led the family to move to Ottawa (twice), and to Edmonton, then back home to Winnipeg. Diane's commitment to raising a family, working full time and supporting her husband's career was unflagging and unconditional. Throughout most of her career Diane worked in the health care field. On returning to Winnipeg in 1993, she worked for the next 13 years in the Volunteer Services Department at the Health Sciences Centre. There, she met many co-workers who became life-long friends. She excelled at her job, and her cutting-edge approach to technology led to national recognition when in 2002 she was asked to co-deliver a major presentation entitled "On the Edge: Managing Information for Results" at a Canada-wide conference in St. John, New Brunswick. As a break from Winnipeg's winters, Diane and Bruce made a point of taking winter holidays each year. That took them to various locations in Mexico, Cuba and Barbados. A highlight trip occurred in 2007, when they took the entire family to Puerto Vallarta. Everyone had an incredible time together. Diane retired in 2005, and she and Bruce decided to explore the world. That took them to a number of places, including France, Scotland, England, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Fiji. Diane was particularly proud of the fact that she also travelled to all 10 provinces in Canada. Bruce's work prompted them to move to The Hague in Netherlands for much of 2009. There, they experienced a new and very enjoyable European lifestyle. After retirement, Diane made support to her now adult children and grandchildren her life objective. With the resourcefulness that she had learned as a youngster, she fixed their windows and doors, assisted in running Cheryl's store in Selkirk, planted flowers, cleaned swimming pools and took care of homes while their adult children were advancing their careers. She especially liked to take care of her grandchildren, Emma, Ethan and Sara, as they started out in life and became responsible children in their own right. Her banana bread was legendary amongst the grandchildren. In 2010, Diane and Bruce decided to purchase a home in Arizona, and lived half the year in Winnipeg and the other half in Scottsdale. Once again, Diane was the lead spirit in running the home and enjoying life in a new location. She took up card-making and scrapbooking in a serious way, and loved creating unique, hand-made cards for the use of family members around her. Diane particularly loved to have family members and friends come to stay with them and enjoy life in the "Valley of the Sun". Diane faced the prospect of passing in the same way that she had lived her life: with dignity, courage and love. To the end, she still sought to assist the loved ones around her in whatever way she could, and continued to make unique greeting cards that family members could be proud to give. She also assisted in a major family reunion which celebrated life, and drew many family members from across Canada. She is profoundly missed by Bruce, her husband of 47 years, daughter Cheryl, son Kevin, daughter-in-law Natalie, and grandchildren, Emma, Ethan and Sara. Her many contributions to the family will also be missed greatly by her brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, and a large number of cousins, nephews and nieces. At Diane's request, no formal service will be held. A celebration of her life will be held for family and close friends in the not-too-distant future in Winnipeg. The family would like to express their appreciation for the compassionate and dedicated support provide by the medical staff at the St. Boniface Hospital, particularly Doctors Clark and Cox. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to CancerCare Manitoba would be greatly appreciated. Winnipeg Cremation Service 204-981-1701
Publish Date: Sep 26, 2018

DIANE MACFARLANE Diane MacFarlane (nee Meilleur) passed away peacefully, in Winnipeg, on September 14, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Diane was born on August 2, 1949 into the family of Ernest and Therese Meilleur at Fisher Branch, MB. In her teenage years, she helped run the family farm and learned the importance of family, hard work, resourcefulness and support to the loved ones around you. Those were values that helped shape her for the rest of her life. In 1968, Diane decided to move to Winnipeg. There, she met Bruce MacFarlane, a university student working at Eatons - across the street from where she worked. They became teenage sweethearts, fell in love, and married on August 28, 1971. They were poor as church mice in the early years. Diane supported Bruce as he entered law school by working at Northern Electric. Together, they formed a small but very successful wedding photography business to help pay the bills. In a few years, Diane and Bruce decided to raise a family. Daughter Cheryl and son Kevin became the love of their lives. Diane took the lead in raising their children. She made sure that both of them understood the importance of the values that she had learned from her parents as a youngster on the farm. Bruce's career led the family to move to Ottawa (twice), and to Edmonton, then back home to Winnipeg. Diane's commitment to raising a family, working full time and supporting her husband's career was unflagging and unconditional. Throughout most of her career Diane worked in the health care field. On returning to Winnipeg in 1993, she worked for the next 13 years in the Volunteer Services Department at the Health Sciences Centre. There, she met many co-workers who became life-long friends. She excelled at her job, and her cutting-edge approach to technology led to national recognition when in 2002 she was asked to co-deliver a major presentation entitled "On the Edge: Managing Information for Results" at a Canada-wide conference in St. John, New Brunswick. As a break from Winnipeg's winters, Diane and Bruce made a point of taking winter holidays each year. That took them to various locations in Mexico, Cuba and Barbados. A highlight trip occurred in 2007, when they took the entire family to Puerto Vallarta. Everyone had an incredible time together. Diane retired in 2005, and she and Bruce decided to explore the world. That took them to a number of places, including France, Scotland, England, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Fiji. Diane was particularly proud of the fact that she also travelled to all 10 provinces in Canada. Bruce's work prompted them to move to The Hague in Netherlands for much of 2009. There, they experienced a new and very enjoyable European lifestyle. After retirement, Diane made support to her now adult children and grandchildren her life objective. With the resourcefulness that she had learned as a youngster, she fixed their windows and doors, assisted in running Cheryl's store in Selkirk, planted flowers, cleaned swimming pools and took care of homes while their adult children were advancing their careers. She especially liked to take care of her grandchildren, Emma, Ethan and Sara, as they started out in life and became responsible children in their own right. Her banana bread was legendary amongst the grandchildren. In 2010, Diane and Bruce decided to purchase a home in Arizona, and lived half the year in Winnipeg and the other half in Scottsdale. Once again, Diane was the lead spirit in running the home and enjoying life in a new location. She took up card-making and scrapbooking in a serious way, and loved creating unique, hand-made cards for the use of family members around her. Diane particularly loved to have family members and friends come to stay with them and enjoy life in the "Valley of the Sun". Diane faced the prospect of passing in the same way that she had lived her life: with dignity, courage and love. To the end, she still sought to assist the loved ones around her in whatever way she could, and continued to make unique greeting cards that family members could be proud to give. She also assisted in a major family reunion which celebrated life, and drew many family members from across Canada. She is profoundly missed by Bruce, her husband of 47 years, daughter Cheryl, son Kevin, daughter-in-law Natalie, and grandchildren, Emma, Ethan and Sara. Her many contributions to the family will also be missed greatly by her brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, and a large number of cousins, nephews and nieces. At Diane's request, no formal service will be held. A celebration of her life will be held for family and close friends in the not-too-distant future in Winnipeg. The family would like to express their appreciation for the compassionate and dedicated support provide by the medical staff at the St. Boniface Hospital, particularly Doctors Clark and Cox. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to CancerCare Manitoba would be greatly appreciated. Winnipeg Cremation Service 204-981-1701
Publish Date: Sep 22, 2018

DIANE MACFARLANE Diane MacFarlane (nee Meilleur) passed away peacefully, in Winnipeg, on September 14, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. A longer obituary notice will follow in Saturday's edition. Winnipeg Cremation Service 204-981-1701
Publish Date: Sep 19, 2018

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2018, Sep 22, 2018, Sep 26, 2018

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Dear Bruce and Family, My sincere condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Pamela - Posted by: Pamela Corrigan (Friend) on: Oct 04, 2018

  • Only met Diane once at the store but know Cheryl. Sorry for your lost Cheryl and Emma and rest of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely Todd and Gail - Posted by: Todd Forster and Gail Kotowich (Rowena's In-laws) on: Sep 26, 2018

  • Offering you our most sincere condolences Bruce, Cheryl, Kevin & Natalie and grandchildren. Also all of Diane’s siblings. Please know that you are all in our thoughts & prayers during this most difficult time. Love to all....Aline & Claude Boisjoli. R.I.P. Diane - Posted by: Aline & Claude Boisjoli (Cousin) on: Sep 22, 2018

  • We offer our most sincere condolences to Bruce, Kevin, Cheryl, Nathalie and all of Diane’s beautiful grandchildren. We were so happy to be welcomed to Manitoba with open arms by Bruce and Diane. We are grateful we had the opportunity to spend some time with her before she passed. All our love, M&M - Posted by: Mariah and Maxwell Sunohara (Great Nephew and Great Niece-in-law) on: Sep 22, 2018

  • We wish to offer our sincere condolences to her much loved husband Bruce and to their children Cheryl and Kevin together with their grandchildren and siblings. Diane loved them all unconditionally. We are deeply saddened by Diane's death at such a young age. Diane conducted her life with much enthusiasm, energy and love for all she cared for. Her's was a joyous love expressed by deep and abiding friendship, alwasy accompanied by words of encouragement and help whenever and wherever it was needed and without any expectation of anything in return. Truly Diane lived a life of service to all in need; her generosity often took our breath away. Her joyfulness always seemed to arrive just when it was needed most and always delivered with an unrestrained energy and good humour. She was a force of nature that has touched us to the core of our being. We will be forever grateful for having counted has a friend and as a sister. Angèle & Alcide DeGagné - Posted by: Angèle and Alcide DeGagné (Sister and brother-in-law) on: Sep 19, 2018

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