Jul 21, 1949 – Dec 24, 2017
Diane Christine Butcher passed peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of December 24th, 2017, in her home at Abby Road in Edmonton.
Diane was born July 21, 1949, and raised on the family farm west of Bentley, Alberta. Through her youth, she spent a number of years in Calgary and Edmonton participating in medical research regarding her advancing physical handicap condition. Diane settled in Edmonton, having a fulfilling life of learning, working, teaching and assisting others. Diane was recently recognized as the person having lived the longest with her disabling condition known as “spinal muscle atrophy type 2”.
Diane once commented that one benefit of being handicapped is that she was able to do far more travelling and see a lot more of the world than she might have if she was not in a wheelchair.
Diane will sadly be missed by her close family of friends from Abby Road Co-op and the Edmonton area, who she supported and those who supported her.
Diane will also be missed by her relatives, being sister Donna Park (Rick), brother Garry (Cindy) of Bentley, and Garth (Shannon) of Gull Lake.
She was predeceased by her father Ken (1974) and mother Shirley Butcher (2005) and one nephew Michiel (2015).
Diane leaves to mourn 8 nephews, nieces and their spouses, along with 20 great nephews/nieces. Diane is the first of her generation of 27 “baby boomer” cousins to pass.
Per Diane’s wish to keep things simple, there will be a celebration of life at the common room at Abby Road Coop on December 28th at 1 PM for her very close circle of dear friends. Then on July 21, 2018, we will complete Diane’s wishes with a celebration of life at Bentley for family relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, Diane ask that people plant something in the spring “to make the world a better place”.