Diane Choat

20/08/1942 - 20/06/2020

Obituary for Diane Choat

August 20, 1942 – June 20, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of our Mother and Grandmother Diane Choat. She will be missed by many forever.

Diane was born on Aug 20, 1942 in Hudson Bay, Sask. She was the Eldest daughter of Frank and Helen Quinn, she has 2 younger brothers Jack, and Dale. In 1948 her family moved to Cranberry Portage. It was here She met Ernie Choat, a young outgoing and handsome man that worked for her Dad. They later married on May 2, 1959 and started her family life with Dennis born in 1960 and Don in 1961. Diane was always known be a hard working, feisty and outgoing person. Diane raised her family and worked many different jobs in Cranberry. Her favorite pass-time had to be curling, she loved the game and was a strong competitor. She also loved snowmobiling with her family and friends.

In 1973 they bought some farmland in Saskatchewan near where Ernie grew up. So, the family was moved to Leross Saskatchewan. Here Diane and her family built up a thriving farm. Diane adapted to the farm life as if born to it. Her love of animals was evident as every animal in the place had names. There were long days of hard work through those years that she reveled in. She also started a career working at the Bank of Montreal in Kelliher.

In 1998 after her son Don’s car accident, Diane and Ernie gave up farm life and moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta to care for Don. She devoted her time to care to Don for many years and during that time she advocated for Brain Injury Programs. She later resumed a career with the Bank of Montreal until she retired. Once she moved into The Gardens she was not happy to sit still, so she worked in the Cafeteria until she finally fully retired, but still continued to help out at times just to stay busy.

All those who knew Diane knew a lady that was very giving of her time to others and never held punches back when needed. Her support for family and friends is legendary and will be sadly missed by all. Words cannot express the extent of the heartbreak felt. She will never be forgotten and always loved.

Diane is survived by her two sons Dennis (Michelle) Choat and Don Choat, grandsons Kyle (Nicole), Cody and Christopher (Melissa), Her great-grandson Mylo, brothers Jack Quinn and Dale (Carla) Quinn, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Ernie, her Mother and Father and Baby Choat.

A Celebration of life for Diane will be held when possible due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Donations in memory of Diane can be made to a charity of one’s choice

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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I remember Diane! She was an amazing lady she would take on the world if she was told she had too. So sorry Michelle and Dennis Keep memories close .. remember the awesome lady she was. I will never forget Diane Livia
- Livia Barnfield
Diane, my friend and confidante, who was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. The memories you left behind will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace my friend,
- Betty McLaughlin
Dennis, Michelle & Don Our deepest condolences to you . I worked with Diane at the bank & she was always so cheerful. Along with other retired bank ladies she would join us for lunch once a month just to keep in touch with the rest of us. We will miss her. Paulette Taylor
- Paulette Taylor
To the Choat family. I am so sorry for your loss. Diane and Ernie were such awesome people. I admired their dedication to Don's recovery after his brain injury. Everyone should be blessed with such a strong and loving family. My condolences to you all. Helen MacDonald
- Helen MacDonald
Sorry to hear, sending condolences from all of us to all of you. Met her through bowling. She was a wonderful crazy lady.
- Cathy petricevic
So sorry for your loss Don! You were one on my favorite apprentices I dealt with all those years ago. Deepest condolences!
- Bob Easton
Diane was such a good friend to my mom and to all. She will be very missed. My sincere condolences to you all
- Bonnie wald

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