Diane Eloise Flood (née McKenzie)
After facing her advanced cancer with grace and dignity, Diane died at home in Lucan on January 5th exactly as she wished, supported by husband of 59 years J.W. Stanley Flood and daughters Kimberly and Michelle, and within sight of her much loved Christmas lawn display.
Diane was predeceased by daughter Sherri Lynne, parents Veda and Ross McKenzie and sister Barbara Therrien. She is survived by sister and good friend Jean Ferguson (Stan); brother in law Bruce Flood (Dianne); and will be dearly missed by son in law Kelly Barnett (Michelle), grandchildren Sara and Hanna Barnett and Andreas Kyriakos (Kim), and the Therrien, Ferguson and Flood nieces and nephews and their families.
Born in Paisley, Ontario, Diane marched into Stan’s heart in 1960 as a majorette for the Lion’s Club band in Woodstock where her family then lived. They married in 1961 and made homes and memorable holiday gatherings there and in Ingersoll, Paris, Owen Sound and London before settling in Lucan. Diane was a childcare provider and ‘extra parent’ for dozens of families, many of whom visited these past weeks to share hugs, memories and stories of their grown up adventures and achievements, a true highlight for mom. She also loved updates from ‘the girls’ from the Lucan Optimist thrift store where she volunteered for nine years.
There are not enough superlatives to describe our family’s appreciation for the many, many gestures of kindness from friends and neighbours in the Lucan community through mom’s illness—the thoughtful visits and calls to hospital and home, generous cards, flowers, gifts, meals, snow removal, etc. We are grateful to the compassionate and skilled nurses and personal support workers of the LHIN Complex Care Team from St. Elizabeth’s and the VON who made it possible for us to ensure Diane’s comfort and honour her wishes in her final weeks. Thanks to University Hospital LHSC, London Regional Cancer Program, Dr. A. Lazo-Langner, Dr. T. Nguyen and the staff of Lucan drugstore.
At Diane’s request, cremation has taken place with an outdoor Celebration of Life to come when the trees are full and flowers are in bloom. In the meantime, in her memory and spirit, bake and share shortbread cookies or butter tarts, support the Lucan Optimist thrift store, cheer on a children’s hockey game, leave your Christmas decorations out extra-long this year – or even get the Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day/Easter decorations out early! If a donation is preferred, Diane suggested Jessica’s House to ensure loving end of life care for others. Her other final ask: “If you smoke, for heaven’s sake, stop!”