Diane Susan Wilkes

In Memorial

passed away unexpectedly on February 20, 2012. She is survived by her husband Orest ; sons Brodie and Nathan; sister Sheri; nephews Mike, Devon, and Scott. She was predeceased by her sister, Sandy. Diane was a beloved preschool teacher at The Hammond Playport Preschool. In lieu of flowers, donations in Diane’s name to the Breast Cancer Foundation would be greatly appreciated. A Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, March 3 at 1:00pm, at Maple Ridge Baptist Church – 22155 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge.

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  1. Diane,
    Thank you so much for loving and teaching our wee ones ( and comforting the parents too ). You had a special gift that you shared with our boys and they will carry such fond memories of you always! You made each and every child feel special. Mrs. Wilkes will always be their favourite. You are a good soul. You will be missed.
    Cindy, Blaine,Braeden & Jordan

  2. Brodie & Nathan
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. May your memories help you through this time. We have many great memories of your Mom at MRE, soccer & camping.
    Tony, Donna, Blair & Shane Byrne

  3. Wendy, Brent, Peyton and Carson Dick

    I’m stunned and saddened to hear. How I wish I had hugged you the last time I saw you just a few weeks ago. I’m shocked and saddened you’re gone. You’ll not be forgotten and I am forever grateful my daughter had the honor of you teaching her and loving her for the two years you did.. You always had a relaxed way about you and you always made us all feel we mattered.. I thank you for that and the memories we have..One of the brightest lights in our lives has just dimmed. Sending love and warmth to your family.. Rest in peace my friend.. Xoxo

  4. Thank you Diane for sharing your gift with the Community of Maple Ridge. My children, Kevin and Samantha, were fortunate to be involved with Hammond Playport Pre-school. You touched so many families with love, caring, and your friendly spirit. Your smile will be missed but you will never be forgotten.
    Love to you and your family.

  5. Diane, your smile and joy towards others will be missed by many! A great preschool teacher, and a great person! Rest In Peace!

  6. Mike, Nathalie, Mitchell & Nathan Haynes

    Diane was our son Nathan’s teacher at Edleun Daycare. She always told our Nathan about “her Nathan”. And she knew all about StarWars too. She was a fabulous teacher, always easy too approach and willing to help. Our thoughts are with her family during this very sad time. Sincerely, the Haynes’.

  7. I will never forget your kindness and your friendly smile. You had an energy about you that could light up a room! I will always remember you, not only as my kid’s first teacher but as a wonderful,kind and patient woman. You will be missed by so many Diane..but never forgotten!

    God bless xoxoxo

  8. She will be missed by all who knew her but never gone as we will all carry her in our hearts forever. Memories will be cherished and stories told of fun and laughter.

    Diane you are gone far too soon, but never forgotten!

    Mike and Donna Zimmerman

  9. Kathy & Mike Reimer

    Diane was truely a light in a room! An amazing person and will be thought of very fondly in our hearts. She touched so many lives, she will surely be missed by all those who were honored to know her! Our thoughts are with your family Diane.
    Love The Reimer Family

  10. Elaine Bob& Nick Yachney

    We will all have our own special memories of the times we spent with Diane during the soccer years. She was the first to approach us when we joined the team and her friendship and fun always made the road trips and games a great time.
    She will be missed by all of us. We are so sorry to hear the world lost such a wonderful lady with a big big personality. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Yachneys
    Port Coquitlam

  11. We had the greatest privilege of meeting Diane when she taught Meghan in preschool. At that time, she said “one day, Meghan will be teaching”. We were going to touch base with her to let her know she was right. Meghan is on her way to becoming a preschool teacher. Our condolensces to the family. She will be greatly missed.

    Marie and Meghan Menzies

  12. Lorna Reid (Ekeli)

    Nathan & Brodie:
    I just heard about your mom. I am so sorry and I want you to know I am thinking of you and what you and your family must be going through right now. Please accept my condolences. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you both. Lorna & Steve

  13. When my family moved to this community in 1999 I was out one day at a local park with my two boys then aged 2 and new.
    That day I spotted this women at the park with a class full of children. I observed and listened to the way she treated and spoke to the children and knew she had to be the one to teach my boys. The respect, genuine care and love she displayed was not something that one could ‘put on’ it was obvious she had found her calling and was perfect for the job.
    Of course there was a long wait list for her classes and we had to wait over a year before my eldest could enrol, definitely worth the wait.
    Over the years Diane and I became friends and I had the privilege of working with her, Shelly and Tammy as a substitute.
    Her calm, understanding demeanour and her wicked sense of humour always present. There were many, many laughs.
    She was such a positive role model for myself, other co workers and the practicum students and parents that came to her centre.
    I, like many others, believed in her and her program so much that we volunteered on the preschool board working on her behalf realizing the gift that she was and gave to our community.
    During those days together she OFTEN spoke of her boys. She was so very proud of them. And of course she spoke of Orest, and how happy he made her. I am so grateful she was able to have all of them in her life.
    If and when the preschoolers were having a conflict and they needed some help with resolution Diane had a simple, classic line that I can still hear say.
    She would tell them, “if you want a friend, be a friend”
    Diane, you were a great friend, an amazing teacher,you will be truly missed, always loved and never forgotten.

  14. It was about 45 years ago that we all became friends. From Seaview Elementary to Moody Junior, to Port Moody Senior we grew up with a special group. You were such a big part of that and I will look back at those times with a smile for the friendship, many laughs for the adventures, and a tear for the loss. You will never be forgotten!

  15. Diane ‘Mrs Wilkes’ as we fondley remember, was a wonderful part of our lifes. Not just my two kids Taylor and Devin, but myself and my husband Al will never forget the wonderful time we spent at fun days and year end partys and field trips! We are so lucky to have had Mrs Wilkes in our lifes! She became a friend not just a preschool teacher, and she was such a great person! We will never forget you! Our condolences to her family!
    Cathy Smith

  16. I’m very shocked to here we lost a very special lady. Diane was my son Austin’s teacher for preschool and he was very happy to have such a awesome person to guide him through his first days off schooling. Diane you will be missed by alot of people, R.I.P Our thouhgt and prayers go out to your family!!!!!

  17. Shelley,Al,Lauren and Adrian Silva

    Brodie and Nathan,
    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family.I remember talking with her about our children and she always would talk about how proud she was of both of you.She was such an inspiration to me as a preschool teacher and I learned so much from her. She was an amazing storyteller!I remember her reading her favorite books and the children just loved her.She was a passionate teacher and I will always remember the fond memories and laughs we shared.

  18. Garry & Mary Mitchell

    Orest & Family ,

    We were saddened to hear of the completion of Diane’s circle of life … Diane was such a beautiful person and will be greatly missed by all she touched. May your memories of better times ease your pain.

  19. Auntie Di, you will be missed by your niece, Susan and your nephew, Greg. We spent many times with you and Grandma Marg when we were young. We came out every two years to see you. I spent a week with you when you were pregnant with Brodie. I still laugh about having to help you get out of bed to go to the bathroom. Your bed was too high for your short legs. I spent two weeks with you that summer helping with Brodie. We washed a lot of clothes because poor Brodie spit up on everything. When Nathan was born, I came out with Devon and we stayed for two or three weeks. We had a great time. I remember waking up at three AM and turning off Nathan’s baby monitor so that you could sleep. Poor little Nathan was cutting teeth and I would rock him most of the night. Greg remembers coming out with mom and his friend to go to Expo 87. They had a great time. I wished we could have seen more of you in the past few years, but I have two young boys and getting out to see you seemed difficult. I regret it now. I have great memories of you smiling and laughing. You had a great laugh!! I will miss you Auntie Di. To Nathan and Brodie, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I know that we don’t know each other very well, but I care for you two so much. Love, Susan

  20. You were far too young to be taken away so abruptly. Even though we drifted apart, I have so so many fond memories of great dinners, bbq’s, parties, camping trips, time spent with mutual friends and watching our kids grow up together. You were a mother to all children, dedicating your life to them and left your special mark on all of them. I wonder, is there a child in Pitt Meadows or Maple Ridge that didn’t attend your daycare or pre-school? You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Diane Wilkes.

  21. Diane was one of the preschool teacher’s at my son’s daycare. Diane had a special way with the children and an amazing way of comforting parents. There were many times that she reached out to me with some much needed tips and advice. I looked up to Diane and my son talked about her every day. A few months back I was going through a difficult time….I went and checked the mail and I received a beautiful picture that my son drew for me. I asked my son who mailed it and my 3 year old said, “Diane did mommy”. That was the best piece of mail that I ever received. Diane’s thoughtfulness touched my heart. What an amazing women. We are going to miss her so very much.

  22. Nathan and Brodie, I am shocked and incredibly saddened by your mother’s passing. I will always remember the laughs and stories we shared over lunch every day her pre-school was at MRE. She talked a lot about you both and was very proud of ‘her boys’.
    I’ll also remember when we all met up in Disneyland one summer evening. Good laughs, great trip.
    Your mom was a terrific teacher. I told her many times I wish I had known about her preschool when my kids were young. The students who came from her class into my kindergarten were so well prepared for school.
    She will be missed.

  23. I met Diane when my girls, Cassidy and Paige went to preschool. I joined the parent board and became good friends with Diane. We had many fun times and adventures together. She helped me through a very difficult time in my life and for that I will be forever grateful. We were very lucky to have such an amazing woman in our lives. She was taken from us far too soon and will be missed terribly. Love you Di!

  24. I met Diane when we were 13 and 14. We grew up together thru highschool, thru our marriages and having our babies. Diane has always been close to my heart and though our lives have taken us on different paths thruout the years, when we reconnected, it was like we had never been apart. I am so grateful for her love and friendship and that she was loved by so many. I will keep forever the memories of our times together. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Brodie and Nathan.
    Much love,
    Pat, Brian & Michael

  25. Elyssa Hutchinson

    I met Mrs. Wilkes when I was 2. My brother was 3 and was going to Hammond Playport Preschool. I was so exited when I finally was able to be in her class for 2 years. It was amazing. I loved all the crafts we did and the cool field trips including the Stave Falls Powerhouse and the horse stables. My favourite day was when the baby kangaroo visited. My family was completely saddened to hear that she had passed away. It was two days after they had heard when we passed Hammond School. My mum said, “Now I have such a hard time looking at that school”. I said, “Why?” She said “Because I think of Mrs. Wilkes so it makes me too sad.” I said, “Why?” She said, “Because she passed away.” I was so shocked!

    Mrs Wilkes, you will be missed terribly!! 🙁 🙁

    From Elyssa and the rest of my family: Marcus, Laurie and Bruce Hutchinson

  26. Carol and Dave Grabinsky

    Our world has lost a great woman and friend. And heaven has gained a angel. Rest in peace. Love Carol and Dave.

  27. I last saw Diane 2 weeks ago at a meeting, she spoke about how happy she was in her life, about her boys doing so well and making her proud and her relationship with Oerst, she shared all the fun times she had with her boys when they were younger and that she was glad she spent those times with them.
    I learned so much from Diane, she was so patient, caring and loving with the children and she always wanted to know how the children were doing long after they left preschool. She had such a great sense of humor which could make the tough times so much easier.
    I will miss her so much and I am priviledged that I got to know her as not only a coworker but a friend too.
    I will miss her.

  28. I awake each morning to start a new day
    But the pain of loosing you never goes away.
    I go about the things I have to do
    And as the hours pass I think again of you.
    I want to call you and just hear your voice
    Then I remember that I have no choice
    For you are not there and now my heart cries
    Just to see you again to tell you goodbye
    The day that you left I just didn’t know
    That you were going where I couldn’t go.
    And now all my memories of you are so dear
    But gosh, how I miss you and wish you were here.
    It so hard to tell you “Diane goodbye.”
    But I’ll see you again with stories to tell
    Of how you were missed and how we have grown
    Until then my memories of you I’ll keep near
    And I’ll pass them on to those who are dear.
    I miss you my friend

  29. Remembrance is a golden chain
    Death tries to break, but all in vain.
    To have, to love, and then to part
    Is the greatest sorrow of one’s heart.
    The years may wipe out many things
    But some they wipe out never.
    Like memories of those happy times
    When we were all together.

  30. Nathan and Brodie ~
    We are truly saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. She was such a warm and beautiful person with a very kind and generous soul. Her smile and gentle way will be missed. Cherish your memories.
    Thinking of you at this difficult time,
    Gavan, Laura, Brandyn, Keynan, Bryttni and Tazmyn Eddy

  31. Diane was my son’s teacher at the Edlun Daycare. She was an amazing and loving teacher. She helped my son every day with her unbelievable patience. She was more than just a teacher, she was a friend to me as well. She spoke very often of her family and how much she loved them. Our whole family is so sad to hear of her passing and we will miss her dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  32. My heartfelt condolences to Brodie and Nathan. No one could have guessed that you would have your mom taken from you so soon, and most certainly not her.Your mom was a very hard worker. She dedicated her life to providing quality care to children. She LOVED being a preschool teacher at Hammond Playport. She spent 17-18 years of her life there, providing love and support to 64 kids a year. She was also always available to lend a listening ear and words of encouragement to any of the parents who needed someone to talk to. As you know, she made life long friends with many of the parents. Those ladies were like family to her. Even through hard times your mom always had a great sense of humour. She spoke often of her boys. Even to the kids at circle time using you as examples. A few things that I know she was proud of; both of you,her career as a preschool teacher, and her banana bread (and that was some gooood banana bread!) It is my personal belief that she will never be far from the two of you and will be with you as you continue your journey. You along with hundreds and hundreds of children are her living legacy.

  33. til memory fades and life departs, you will live forever in our hearts. I am glad i had the opportunity to meet you and spend christmas’s with you and have fun with you. You left before your time but i will be forever glad I met a wonderful person like you.

  34. Karen, Jesse & Jack Gillespie

    What a shock! It has been a couple of years since I last saw Dianne. My third of four sons, Jesse attended Hammond Preschool about 13 years ago. Then Jack, my fourth son attended the same school for his 2 years of preschool. When the kids attended school with Dianne it never seemed like school was for them, I think all the parents along with Dianne enjoyed themselves and our visits more than the kids. When Hammond preschool moved into Hammond Elementary School I was so happy, I would sneak into her class and we would sit and have some amazing talks and visits. I can honestly say that seeing her, her beautiful smile and warmth always made my day. My boys loved her and always looked forward to her hugs and kindness. Dianne went above and beyond being a teacher, she was an amazing friend, tutor and counsellor. There are probably not many people in this world that have touched as many lives in such a wonderful manner as Dianne. I am deeply saddened that I will never again be able to see her warm beautiful smile or receive one of her heartfelt hugs again.
    To the family, we are truly saddened by this news. Be happy in the thought that she is in another place smiling down on everyone and doing her best to make everyone’s day happy, as she did during her far too short time with us here.

  35. Mrs. Pam Obadia

    Hello Nathan,

    It’s Mrs. Obadia, one of your teachers from MRE. I am so sorry about you losing your Mom. She was an amazing and genuine person. In teaching you for three years consecutively, I discovered that you are so much like her.

    Your Mom’s spirit will live on in you Nathan and she will be there to guide you through the trials and tribulations of your life.

    Condolences to you Dad and Brodie.

    Much love,

    Mrs. Obadia

  36. Denise, Diego & Santiago

    I am so saddened to hear of Diane’s passing. It seems unreal and my condolences go out to her Family, friends and co-workers. Diane was such an amazing woman. She taught my Son Santiago in the 3-5 room at Monkey’s (Edleun). Santiago took a liking to Diane right away. When he would come home after being at daycare all day he would often speak of “my Diane” and he has a special spot for her in his heart…I can tell. When Santiago began to have a difficult time at daycare she took extra care with him and tried to give him everything possible for comfort. Because he is not old enough to read yet, she even made him a calendar with colors on it so that he would know if it was a Mommy day or a Daddy day. She always seemed to go the extra mile. I wish I would have had the opportunity to tell her how much I appreciated what she did for Santiago. I had many conversations with her where she gave me her advice and suggestions, she told me about her Son’s and how Santiago reminded her of them. About a month ago, I brought Santiago into the daycare to say hello to her. Her smile and amazing, kind attitude will never be forgotten. We are so thankful to have met her.
    Lots of Love,
    Denise, Diego & Santiago.

  37. Nathan & Brodie,

    We are so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. A life too short, taken too soon. I have fond memories of our time spent at MRE with your mom. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time.

    The Kostenko Family

  38. Although I didn’t know Diane well, her sparkling personality and genuine care for kids and their families was second to none! I feel blessed to have had the short privilege of getting to know her and work with her. She stood out as a deeply caring, great sense of humour person who put children and families first. This is a great loss to everyone who had the privilege to work with her and just be around her. She touched so many people!

  39. Those we Love
    Don’t Go Away
    They Walk Beside Us
    Everyday xx

  40. Think of u often Di♥

  41. Merry Christmas.. thinking of u…

  42. Deborah (Campone) Curr

    Brodie and Nathan,

    I don’t even know if you’ll ever see this note, it’s been so llate in coming. I just learned of the loss of your mother. Your Mom and I were inseperable friends through our school years. Where one of us went so too did the other. Your Grandmother often joked that she felt lucky that she had two girls. We had such a happy time together and your Mother had quite the knack for being a ring leader! I moved away from the coast shortly after finishing university. Your mother and I grew seperate ways but, as you well know, she isn’t someone that is forgotten over time. Your Mom was a phenomenal person, so full of love and caring.
    you won’t remember this but I did get to spend a day with you boys when you were much younger. You and my boys spent the better part of the afternoon froliking in the hot tub at your place. Your Mom and I chided one another for being so bad about staying in touch. I loved your Mom with all of my heart and will miss her very much. Though you lost her far too early, you were blessed at having a mother that thought the sun rose and set with you both. Nothing was more important to her than the two of you. Take care of one another. I’ll be thinking of you both.


  43. Thinking of u today Di…. I always had u in my life but life got so complicated… I really miss u…. u have left such a mark on so many peoples lives your legacy will live forever…. as always… huge hugs and love Judy xxoo

  44. Me Again Di… Been thinking about the last couple of days.. had a dream about u last night.. felt sick all day today… I am just soo sorry for the screwed up mess my family was.. especially (My Dead to Me Brother) I check on the boys at least once a week on facebook.. I was never in their lives thanks to “him” and I don’t expect them to be around now… but they seem to be doing fine. hugs Judy♥

  45. Just popped in to say hi.. u have been on my mind all day ♥

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