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Dianne Crayston, 87, passed peacefully in Jasper on April 2, 2023, with family by her side and surrounded by love. Left to cherish her memory are her children Shiona, Mark (Deb), Lori (Guy); son-in-law Len; grandchildren Kassandra, Nicole, Eric (Steph), Connie (Chris), Trevor (Tanya), Danny (Angela); eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Sandra (Tony) and many extended family and friends throughout Canada and abroad. She was predeceased by her husband Richard, daughter Alice, parents, and sister Gale.
Dianne was born in Ile-a-la-Crosse, SK and went on to settle in many different Hudson Bay fur trade posts with her family. Her upbringing was quite an adventure; from mushing a dog team, to paddling in a canoe with her mother to have tea with friends! When the family landed in Madsen, ON, she met Richard in high school and was smitten. Three years later, she moved to Dawson Creek with her family. Still sweethearts, they exchanged letters that filled two shoe boxes! Not long after, Richard moved to join her and they wed in 1956. They moved to Peace River where Richard joined Northland Utilities and they started a family. Her positions as HBC store clerk, bank teller, secretary, and flower shop assistant held her in good stead for when they moved to Fairview in 1965, she became secretary at STM Catholic School. They spent ten busy years raising a family in the small rural town. In 1975, Dianne's father, Sandy Scott, offered her and Richard the opportunity to move to Jasper to assume ownership of Sandy's Rentals at Jasper Park Lodge. Life became VERY busy at this point! Dianne worked as a secretary at Jasper Jr/Sr High School, then JPL, and finally, in the office of CN Rail. In the evenings, and on weekends, she would head over to assist Richard at Sandy's. In 1982, she took the leap and realized her dream of becoming a business owner. Dianne's Gifts in the Chateau Jasper was her first venture, followed by The Jasper Tree House gift shop in the Lobstick Lodge in 1988. They worked hard, and faced many challenges, but enjoyed meeting people from around the world and having something of their own. They celebrated a well earned retirement in 2000, and enjoyed many years travelling to Tucson, AZ and across Canada to visit family.
Being of service was at Dianne's core. From a young age, she was active in Girl Guides and the Anglican Church; moving into leadership roles over the years. She was a proud member of the Lion's Club, representing at the District level, and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce. Always willing to pitch in and do the hard work while keeping things fun.
She loved her crafting too, especially if she could share it with her grandchildren. Known as Grannie, she relished her role and was generous, fun, and loving beyond measure.
Many have shared how they enjoyed her sassy sense of humour and fun times spent together. Blessed with the best of friends, she stayed in touch with numerous ones over the years. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all. A life well lived with faith, courage and resilience.
The family is especially grateful to, and would like to thank, the staff, doctors, and volunteers in the Alpine Summit DAL where Dianne lived for almost eight years. Your tremendous support, compassionate care, warmth, and kindness made it her home. The Home Care team for your dedicated commitment to supporting Dianne, and being an invaluable link to her care for the family. OT, PT and RT staff, thank you for your expertise and efforts to ensure she was comfortable, and for enriching her days. Finally, the Alpine Summit Supported Living staff and residents for providing such a fun and rich environment in which to live, along with your support and friendship.
We would like to express our love and appreciation to Dianne and Richard's wonderful friends and the Jasper community.
A Funeral Service will be held on June 10, 2023 at 1:00 pm at St. Mary & St. George Anglican Church, Jasper.
Memorial donations in Dianne's honour may be made to St. Mary & St. George Anglican Church or Camp He Ho Ha.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of the day
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
As yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up you heart and share with me
God wanted me now, He set me free.