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DINGWALL – Diane Ellen (nee Gilliham)

April 5, 1944 – November 12, 2010

It is with incredible sadness that the family of Diane Dingwall announce her passing. As a wife, mother, sister, nana, aunt, and friend, she was a special lady and will be deeply missed.

Diane was born at the Calgary General Hospital to parents Anne and Jim Gilliham; just four minutes after her twin sister Gail. She and Gail were welcomed into the family by brother Jim and sister Carol Ann.

She and her sisters attended The University Demonstration School (UDS) which is presently the old three-story brick building on the SAIT Campus for their early elementary years. Following that, Diane and Gail continued on at Briar Hill Elementary, Queen Elizabeth, Branton Jr. High and finally William Aberhart.

The ‘Gilliham Girls’ monopolized all the babysitting jobs in Houndsfield Heights and Briar Hill during their junior high and high school years. Also during those years Diane, along with Gail and Carol Ann, worked for Greyhound Bus Lines. You would get one of the ‘Gilliham Girls’ when calling regarding all bus schedules whether venturing north, south, east or west in Canada or the USA.

Diane became a legal secretary working for twenty years at the firms of Howard, Bessemer; then Walsh, Tharp and retiring from Webb, Lerner, Kutz, Ross and Dyck.

It was during these years Diane married the love of her life, Gordon, and two years later they welcomed into their family their son Tim Gordon. On Tim’s 3rd birthday he received a very special parcel… a baby sister, Cheryl Diane.

Diane and Gord, along with Gail, Doug, Bonnie and Lorne enjoyed many, many years camping in the Bow Crow Forest Reserve with Tim, Cheryl, Todd, Terry, Scott and Greg. What great years those were and what fun she had!

Diane and Gordon enjoyed many travels together which included multiple trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas, BC to fish and they especially enjoyed their trip to the Dominican Republic for their granddaughter’s wedding.

In 1985 Diane and Gordon were invited to buy into a quarter of land with some of the nicest folks ever; and since then spent six months of every year at the most beautiful spot on earth, with their farm family. Anybody who met Diane knew of her great passion for music and all animals. Her happiest days included her pet poodles, Kizzy and Bunny and more recently her cockatiels, Lovee and Peppe.

Diane was predeceased by father Jim Gilliham (1965); brother Jim Jr. Gilliham (1979); mother Anne Gilliham (1981); father-in-law Arthur Dingwall (1985); mother-in-law Wilma Dingwall (1986); son Tim Dingwall (2002); sister Carol Ann Greenlaw (2008); sister-in-law Josephine Gilliham (2010); and and brother-in-law John Jameson (2010).

Diane is survived by husband of forty-eight years Gordon; daughter Cheryl (Greg) Settle; precious grandchildren, Rosalyn (Philip) Harms, Carla (Mick) Scow, Patrick and Alexandra Settle; and twin sister Gail (Doug) Barraclough of Edmonton. She is also survived by sister-in-law Evelyn Jameson; brother-in-law Ron (Fay) Dingwall; brother-in-law Gary (Connie) Dingwall; and nieces and nephews, Ron, Randy, Shelley-Anne, Todd, Terry, Kevin, Holly, Leslie-Lynne, Grant, Carri, Troy, Kim, Darren, Jason, Jamie, Chad, and Mike and all of their families. Additionally, she will be missed by many wonderful cousins and their families.

Thanks go to the compassionate staff at the Tom Baker Centre with special mention to Dr. Scot Dowden and RN Robyn on Unit 57.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Diane’s honour may be made directly to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455,

In living memory of Diane Dingwall, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Susan & Tony Ardern :

    We are very sorry to hear about Diane’s passing. We have many fond memories of camping at the James River and evenings spent at Greg and Cheryl’s with Diane and Gord. We will always remember her beautiful smile and infectious laughter. We are thinking of you. Sue, Tony, Holly and Chelsea Ardern

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  2. Florin Wolfer and Janet McCoy (Korman Sisters) :

    So very sorry to read in the paper today of Diane’s passing. I remember many lunch room chats with Diane at William Aberhart. I especially remember her warm smile and welcoming personality.
    A very sad time for her whole family.
    Florin Wolfer (Korman)
    my sister Janet is in Ariz and I will pass this on to her

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  3. Cheryl, my thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

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  4. Marilynn Barton :

    To Gordie & family….
    My thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow. I hope that the fact you had this wonderful woman in your life to make all those amazing memories, helps to get you through this sad time.
    I hope also, that your heart ache can be just a little lighter knowing she is at peace and with those who love her. Hugs to you from my heart!!!

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  5. You have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember Diane, and I will forever hold the fond memories of you close to my heart. Thank you for always making me feel welcome into your family.

    You will be missed by many, but you were loved by all who knew you.

    Tanya and Spencer

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  6. Scott Barraclough :

    Gordon, Cheryl & family

    I am so sorry for your loss. There are so many wonderful memories of us camping with the Dingwall family. Surely Diane (Auntie DD) will be missed but I will never forget her warm demeanour and amazing laugh. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

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  7. Evelyn McTavish :

    Gail and family! I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Diane! My memories of her go back to school and sorority days and I just wanted to pass on my sympathies to you Gail and your family!

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  8. Kathy & Clair Weltzin :

    Gordon & Family
    Both Clair & I are shocked and saddened by the loss of Diane. Diane’s beauty and kindness will live on forever.
    God was missing an angel!

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  9. crystal sljivic :

    Gordon and family,
    So very sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife and mother, she was a very special lady. We are all thinking of you at this time, likely will not be able to get to Calgary due to the road condition. Everyone who knew Di will deeply miss her, keep all the beautiful memories close to heart. Sending you all hugs and condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love Crystal, Ned and Mila, Joanne and Craig

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  10. Shirley & Ron Ursan :

    Doug and Gail: Our sympathy goes out to you and your family over the loss of Diane. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  11. Dear Cheryl and Family,
    I was so very sorry to hear of your mother’s death.
    Please know you are in my thoughts.

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  12. I am so very sorry about the passing of Diane. I will be in Calgary over Christmas and will be in touch at that time. My condolences to Gordon, Cheryl and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you, as are my parents (Ron and Gerda Blaney).

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