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Dianne Francis Pilloud (née  Harbottle) passed away March 22, 2022,  in Kelowna, BC,  with her husband, daughter,  and son-in-law by her side. Dianne battled cancer for years, but you would never know she had a life-threatening illness,  she was always upbeat, living her life to the fullest. Dianne always put others before herself, especially her family,  despite all the challenges she faced.

Dianne was truly a remarkable woman.

Dianne Pilloud was born in Whitehorse, Yukon (4th  Generation) the daughter of Thelma Viktoria Harbottle (née  Norberg) and Francis  "Bud"  Edmund Harbottle. She was sister to Donna Davis (née  Harbottle). Dianne spent most of her life in the Yukon. Dianne was a proud Yukoner, she loved her home. Even when she retired and left the North, she made a point of keeping in touch with her Yukon friends and family. She attended Yukoner events each year, filled her home with Yukon  memorabilia  and,  of course,  her  Yukon gold! Mom loved her jewellery. The Yukon was good to her: she had her career of 33 years with the Hydro company, met her life love,  Ray Pilloud, and raised her only child Melinda Isaac (née  Pilloud) there. 

Mom had a gift with people. She could call someone up,  whom she hadn’t spoken to in years,  and  she  just knew how to make them feel as if it was only yesterday that they  had last  spoken  to each other. 
She always knew how to make you smile and feel a sense of home when talking to her.

Dianne and Ray spent 53 beautiful years married, they did absolutely everything together,  from travelling the world to playing cards every night. They retired to the Okanagan where they enjoyed a close relationship with her daughter and son-in-law and watching their grandchildren and now great-grandchildren grow up.

Dianne was very close to her sister Donna,  whom she admired. They  spoke  daily with one another, travelled,  and had many family  get-togethers. Donna said  Dianne  was  "the best sister she could have ever asked for".

Dianne is survived by her husband Ray Pilloud;  daughter Melinda  (Warren)  Isaac; grandchildren Nikolas Skopik, Callista Isaac,  and  Ariana Isaac (Nigel);  and great-grandchildren Rayna Rose and Ashton;  sister Donna (Dave) Davis,  and many nieces,  nephews, and cousins.

Dianne  was  predeceased by her mother,  Thelma Harbottle,  and  father, Bud Harbottle.

In lieu of flowers,  please make  a remembrance  in her name and donate to your local  SPCA,  https://www.spca.bc.ca, mom loved her animals.

A private Celebration of Life will be held to honour Dianne.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting her obituary page at  https://www.springfieldfuneralhome.com

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Val Mather on May 16, 2022 at 10:02 am

Sorry to hear about your loss Ray.

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Melanie Harris on Apr 25, 2022 at 8:53 pm

Ray so very sorry to hear of Dianne’s passing. Condolences to you and your family for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Warm regards.💞

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Buck fraser on Apr 5, 2022 at 3:43 pm

Sorry to hear of Dianne's passing. My thoughts are with you and the family.

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Roland McCaffrey on Apr 1, 2022 at 9:07 am

Sincerest condolences on your family's loss.


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Dan Lang on Mar 31, 2022 at 4:13 pm

To Ray, Melinda and family,
I was very sad to hear the news of Dianne’s passing.
Our condolences to you all, Dianne will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to meet her.
With sadness
Dan Lang

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Al & Lynn Alcock on Mar 31, 2022 at 10:53 am

Ray, Melinda and family. We were very saddened to hear of Dianne’s passing. We are grateful that you both lived a happy life together. When you left the Yukon we knew that your hearts were still here. Please know we are thinking of you. Dianne – what can we say except go in peace and know you will be missed by all you have graced your presence with.

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