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PICKETTS, Diane “Dee Dee” Ellen

July 13, 1948 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
October 19, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Diane Ellen Picketts of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the age of 65 years.

Diane was a talented seamstress who also enjoyed music and dancing. She loved to travel and had the privilege of visiting many parts of the world. In her spare time she enjoyed lengthy phone calls with family members and friends and playing with her grandchildren. She sacrificed all she had to raise four exceptional young men. Diane also dedicated over 20 years of service to our city. She was a wonderful woman who devoted her life to make others around her very happy. Diane was always proud of her family and she will be truly missed by all she touched. Our love for her is eternal.

She will be dearly missed by her siblings Mel, Janice, Bob and Marcia, and reunited with her brother Danny. She is survived by her children Samson, Marcus, Byron and Joseph; grandkids Edyn, Rylan, Benson, Braedan, Scarlett, Alexis, Isabella, Mackenzie and Samson Jr. and all of her extended family and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Peggy and Cleave Picketts.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 7-9pm, as well as prior to the service beginning at 10:30am.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:30p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Diane Picketts, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. My condolences to the family and close friends of such a wonderful lady. I’ve spent many a time chatting at work with Diane, and there was nothing she talked about more than her sons and grandkids. She was so proud of all of you and loved you with all her heart; she told me often how you all made her very happy. l was touched by Diane’s kindness and zest for life, and will never forget the footprint she’s made in my life.

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  2. Shelley Faria :

    My heartfelt condolences to Diane’s family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Diane was an incredible and wonderful lady and will always be remembered for her friendliness and genuine interest in others. Diane was an absolute joy to work with and I will miss her greatly.

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  3. Diane was my friend and she and I spent time together which I will not forget. I made it a point to go over and chat with her, she was kind, open-minded and cared about me and everyone around me. She extended herself when she listened, offered her opinions and I loved to be around her. I will miss Diane a lot and think of her always.

    xxSerena Alibhai

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  4. I wish to offer my deepest condolences to Diane’s family. She often spoke of her sons and their young families with love. Diane was my friend and she and I spent time together which I will not forget. I made it a point to go over and chat with her, she was kind, open-minded and cared about me and everyone around me. She extended herself when she listened, offered her opinions and I loved to be around her. I will miss Diane a lot and think of her always.

    xxSerena Alibhai

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  5. A wonderful lady will be missed by all she touched.

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  6. My sincere condolences to the family. Diane was such a great helper in the office. She always shared her family stories and travel experiences with me. She’s fun to work with. Now she’s heading to another dimension in life, may Diane rest in peace and enjoy the companionship with her Lord. My prayers are with you and your love ones. You’ll be missed, my friend.

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  7. Carolyn Ardell :

    Our team will miss Diane very much. She was great to work with and always ready for a laugh. Our condolences to the Picketts family as I know “Dee Dee” will be missed by her many family members.
    May you be comforted to know that Diane’s presence will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure to work with her.
    Carolyn Ardell,
    Supervisor Administrative Support
    Information Technology – City of Calgary.

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  8. My condolences to Diane’s family. I did not meet any of you, but I kind of “knew” you through many conversations with Diane at work. I am one of those who will surely miss her and pray that she will rest in peace ever after.

    Lily Nguyen, System Analyst
    Enterprise Support System, IT, City of Calgary

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  9. Heather Mortimer :

    It was my great privilege to have Diane as a member on my team at The City. In her quiet way and with soft words, she brought out the all that is good in everyone. We had many discussions about travel which always brought a light to Diane’s eyes and to those who listened to her travel tales.
    A kind gentle soul who’s time on the earth brought a serentity to all those she met along the way. She will be missed.

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  10. My heartfelt condolences to Diane’s family and friends. Diane was an incredible and wonderful person who I had the privilege to know and work with. I will miss her sense of humor and the golf game we never had the change to play.

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  11. Beverley Bundy :

    I am so saddened by this news, I have known Diane for the past 20 years and we first met while she worked for TESA with the City of Calgary. We discussed our children and grandchildren, our trials and tribulations. She was a wonderful gal and we were to meet for lunch soon. My sincere condolences to her family at this sad time. A prayer for you my friend.

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  12. Larry Wiebe and Annette Fleming :

    Dear Jan and family,
    Our hearts go out to you as you grieve the loss of your sister, aunt, mother and friend.
    We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and hoping that the love and support of those around you help you through this difficult time.

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  13. Gail Slawson (co-worker) :

    My sympathy goes out to the family. Diane always had time for you no matter how busy she was at work. Definitely will be missed.

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  14. Patricia Schultz :

    I was shocked and saddened today to hear of Diane’s passing. I had the privilege of working with her at the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant. She often spoke of her children and grandchildren whom she loved so much and was so proud of all of you. I pray for our Lord’s abundant and overflowing love and comfort for you, during this difficult time as you say goodbye to your Mom, Grandma, sister & friend & co-worker. I know that she will be greatly missed! May our Lord give you peace that surpasses all human understanding.

    2 Corinthians: 1-2 For we know that when this tent we live in now is taken down—when we die and leave these bodies—we will have wonderful new bodies in heaven, homes that will be ours forevermore, made for us by God himself and not by human hands. How weary we grow of our present bodies. That is why we look forward eagerly to the day when we shall have heavenly bodies that we shall put on like new clothes.

    God bless and keeping you in my prayers,

    Patricia Schultz
    Courtenay, BC

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  15. Diane was such a warm and caring person who always seemed to have a smile on her face. She raised an amazing family and she was incredibly proud of all of you. She will be missed…

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  16. Herb & Ruby Allen :

    For somethings there are no words only shoulders to lean on ,hands to hold on to and hugs to comfort you as best we can ,for those we love never leave us for their beautiful memories are imprinted in our hearts forever. Our thoughts are with you at this time -Herb and Ruby Allen & family ,Asquith,Sk

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  17. Charlotte Watson :

    We had the pleasure of meeting Diane on a cruise to Alaska and we managed to catch up every few months since then. I was shocked and saddened to hear of her sudden passing. My deepest sympathy to her sons and families as you all meant the world to her, whenever we would meet kids and grandkids were our favorite topics. Till we meet again, Diane. God bless.
    Sincerley, Charlotte

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  18. Karen & Ron Hare :

    I am so saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. My heart goes out to her families. We use to ride the bus together and share our family stories. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren it was plain to see. I am so glad and honoured to know her. May heaven’s doors keep her safe….and that her family find the strength and courage to get through the darkest days. You are all in our prayers.

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  19. Cheryl Lang (Warren) :

    My deepest sympathy to Mel. Janice, Rob, Marcia and to all of Diane’s sons and grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow.

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  20. I met Diane when I was assigned to a project at Deerfoot Technology Center. Diane was so wonderful in helping me get setup, arranging my logistics so I could get to work right away. Within the first couple of days I learned that if I needed anything, Diane was the person that would make it happen. I got to know her over the next couple of months and she always had a smile that warmed your heart. Diane shared stories about her family and her travels. She loved life and will live forever in the hearts of those that loved her back.

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  21. Lyle & Janice Moore and families :

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Diane’s sudden passing. We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to all of her family. Our thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.

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  22. Brenda Kavanagh(Friend & Co-worker) :

    I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out after 6 months that Diane has passed away. What a shock. She was such a sweetheart. My sincere condolences to her family.

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