Trenton, ON ( Change City )


Diane (Crowder) Southwell

SOUTHWELL, Diane (Crowder) - June 25, 1944 - December 9, 2017 To the memory of my dear wife, lover, partner and best friend. It has been one year now since you passed away. I have been so lonely since that fateful day, but I have over 50 years of pleasant, no, great memories of our life together plus the 7 years that we dated steadily. We knew that someday, after we both graduated from school, we would start a life together, and on May 6, 1967, we made our vows to each other that only death would separate us. It was Canada’s Centennial and we honeymooned at Expo ’67 - what a way to start our life together. The memories are many and wonderful. We complimented each other and never fought - disagreements, yes, but no verbal or physical abuse, as we both felt that there was no point to it. We both learned to compromise and the results were wonderful. Mutual respect and appreciation were always practiced. I remember the birth of our three children and how you nurtured each one - always being there as the family nurse to “make it all better”, talk to each, offer advice and counsel, and watch in wonderment as they grew into a fine young man and two beautiful ladies. They each have their own families now with children of their own. You have done a wonderful job in raising them to what they have become today. I remember the stories you told of your experiences as a nurse in Northern Ontario - flying by medivac into remote bush camps to rescue an American fisherman who suffered a heart attack; waiting at the Toronto Airport for the ambulance crew to return the incubator you flew with to transport a sick baby from “the North” to the big city for medical attention; the time that you didn’t come home for three days due to fog that made it impossible to land. I remember the many trips we took to see the world, and the involvement and commitment you shared with me on many Rotary workshops, conferences, and world conventions. I remember how tickled you were to be named an “Honorary Rotarian” and the many times you came to meetings with me - always together. You always said about death “life goes on - do not dwell on death, enjoy life and all it has to offer”. Diane, you live on in spirit - in each of our children, and in their children. You continue to be a fine example for them to follow. Your spirit will never die. You were also a credit to the nursing profession: caring, empathetic, understanding and responsible. Patient care was always foremost in your mind, as was your attention to detail and your dedication to your craft. Rest now, my love. Do not worry. Your pain is gone. I will watch the children grow old and the grandchildren grow up. I will tell them about their Grandmother; what a fine loving person she was and how she loved them all so very much. Rest now, my precious Diane. Until we meet again, I got this. Thanks for the memories. Love, Grant13315368
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