Diana Catherine Lunde

April 9, 1956 – August 14, 2018
Diana was born April 9, 1956 in Trail, BC and passed away in Salmon Arm, BC August 14, 2018 with her closest by her side.

Diana is survived by her pride and joy, her son, Justin Orser. She also leaves her brothers and their families: Ken (Marilyn) Carly, Brianne and Melanie and Bob (Monique) and their children, Tyler and Madeleine. In addition, Diana leaves behind Leslie Reid, affectionately known as “sis”, of the Baril family as well as extended family including cousins and their respective families on the Campbell side. Diana was predeceased by her father, Rollie (1971), and her mother, Cathy (1986).

Diana graduated from J.L. Crowe in 1974 and went to UBC to attain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing following in her mother, Cathy’s, footsteps. She had found her calling helping others in whatever capacity she could manage. From working in hospitals in William’s Lake and Trail, to teaching at Selkirk College and in Nelson, New Zealand to becoming a public health advocate where she could provide outreach and preventative care to those in her caseload. Diana believed in the power of therapeutic touch and holistic medicine and educated others whenever she could. Diana retired from nursing in 2014.

Between summers spent growing up at Christina Lake and wherever she called home, Diana was an accomplished water skier and forever passionately “chased the rainbow”. She wouldn’t hesitate to bring others into the fold to share in her love of the water.

Diana moved from Castlegar to Salmon Arm in 2015 to be able to take advantage of the growing season and practice her gardening skills. She believed in the benefits of organic growing and applied her knowledge to harvesting the best produce and then sharing it with everyone. Her attention to others before herself will be missed.

While Diana left many good friends behind in Castlegar and Trail to relocate, Diana’s newly found home resulted in her making friends in the Salmon Arm community especially, “Barney’s”, where she could fondly recite the menu. She cared for both her near and extended family with love and loyalty and without abandon. She faced her cancer with courage, poise and determination for ten years. She believed in quality of life and so when her time came, she gracefully exited.

Diana would have thanked her doctors and health care givers in both Trail and Salmon Arm and appreciated the assistance from the late Dr. Trudi Toews, Dr. Owatz and Dr. Brenda Gill. She profoundly understood the implications of her sickness and was involved until the end in her own care.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Diana’s name.

A celebration of Diana’s life will be held at a date to be determined.

When our beautiful and much loved mom, sister, aunt and friend passed from this world, she left behind this obituary written in her own words as she wanted them.

“Announcing the death of Diana Catherine Lunde.

You will find her riding storm clouds, chasing rainbows on water, dancing in the fire and weeding gardens as a lifestyle; with a wagging finger to remind all to enjoy life and share the joy.

Love and hugs forever.”


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