Dianne Stade, late of Abbotsford, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2002, at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster in her 56th year, after a valiantly-fought battle with cancer.
Dianne was born in Chilliwack on February 26, 1947 to Ann and Harvey Gribling, growing up in Rosedale and attending school in Rosedale and Chilliwack.
Dianne was an athlete and excelled in shot-put and discus, with her first love being fastball. Not only did she play organized ball in Chilliwack, Langley, and Merritt, but also on all-star teams in Whitehorse and New Zealand.
Dianne loved her close-knit family and she loved to bake for large family get-togethers and church bake sales. She loved keeping her house and other homes clean and a cross-word was never far from her side. She enjoyed music of all kinds and she especially loved to visit her younger sister in Australia.
Dianne will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by her husband George Sanders; her three sons: Trevor (Tanya), Chuck (Delrene) and Garner (Christina); eight grandchildren; her mother, Ann Gribling; three siblings: Lynda (Ray) Silbernagel of Chilliwack, Heather (Colin) McKinnon of Australia, and John (Carolyn) Gribling of Williams Lake; numerous nieces and nephews, and very special friend, Jean Buck.
Dianne was pre-deceased by her father Harvey in 1992.
A private family gathering was held, and if friends so desire, a donation may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in her name.