Diana Gail Ferguson (1952 - 2013)

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Diana Gail Ferguson April 7, 1952- March 2, 2013 It is with unimaginable sadness that we announce the passing of our Diana after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully and with quiet dignity at Nanaimo Hospital on Saturday March 2, 2013. She leaves behind her husband Mike and her two boys Andrew and Matthew for whom she had a love that will never end and we for her. She also leaves behind her father Byron (Florence), her sister Karen and her brothers Larry(Maria) and Brian. There are many great friends and colleagues who will miss her style, her personality and her unique ability to speak her mind! She started teaching in Prince George after marrying Mike in 1977. She made many good friends and colleagues in Prince George, teaching at Blackburn Junior Secondary and then Prince George Secondary. While in Prince George, she gave birth to her first son Matthew in 1988. The years in Prince George were full of cold winters ( tough for a Vancouver girl), of travels to Europe, the United States , Hawaii and across Canada. Those years were full of house parties, dinners with friends, shopping for those paintings, decorations and pottery that would make her so house proud and of course searching for Christmas trees in the woods at 20 below zero. In 1989, she and Mike moved to Nanaimo. In 1990 she gave birth to her second son Andrew. She remained home with the boys raising them to be the fine young men they are today. When the boys were old enough and in school, she became politically active and served two terms as a school trustee in School District 68 (Nanaimo- Ladysmith)... topping the polls. She was also very active with her school and district Parent Advisory Councils. She was a member of the IODE and she volunteered many years with Festival of Trees. After the year 2000 the boys were old enough for her to get back to teaching. She was a great teacher who subbed for a while doing everything under the sun and then landing some contracts teaching cooking and sewing: the other loves of her life. But her greatest work was with students who had behavioural and learning challenges. Her most recent years were at Nanaimo District Secondary. She worked her magic with a patience that came from deep within her and with an extraordinary ability to work with any attitude that came her way... because she had attitude too! She will be remembered sitting on the back deck of the house she loved with her hand around a warm cup of coffee, her eyes closed and her face lifted up to the sun. There will be a drop in open house from 1200-300pm Saturday March 16 at 135 Avalon Place. In lieu of flowers your contribution in Diana's memory will be graciously received by IODE Malaspina Chapter (IODE is a registered Canadian Charity) 3620 Sundown Drive Nanaimo BC V9T 4H5. Your donation will assist the IODE to continue Diana's passion and commitment to education programmes and scholarships in our community.

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