Diane Angèle Marie DeMaré
July 22, 1967 – March 6, 2019
We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Diane Angèle Marie DeMaré on March 6th, 2019, at St Boniface Hospital. Diane died peacefully, in the arms of her beloved daughter Zoé Savoie with devoted husband Denis Savoie at her side.
Diane was predeceased by her mother Annette DeMaré (née Labossière) and her father Alfred DeMaré, as well as her nephew Stéfan Savoie.
She leaves to cherish her memory her twin brother Daniel, her sisters Monique (Emile Grenier) and Lauraine (Marcel Bérard), her brother Roger (Sandra), her nieces Tiffany, Kirstyn, and Élyse, her extended family as well as her circle of close friends. Diane doted on her daughter Zoé and was loved as a “second mom” by many of Zoé’s friends.
Diane was born in Swan Lake in 1967 and grew up in Somerset, MB. She moved to Winnipeg for her studies in radio broadcasting before earning her certification as a travel agent. She started her career at the D’Eschambault Travel agency and finished with the Great Canadian Travel Group where she guided thousands of people through their travels.
Diane was a real-life angel for many of us as she helped us through our journeys. She found joy in serving others. We have received countless stories from friends and strangers relating her acts of kindness and thoughtfulness throughout the years. She was patient, humble and private – yet ever so present and connected to many.
Diane était fière de faire partie de la communauté franco-manitobaine et d’être membre-à-vie du Club Belge. She was a prairie girl and a world traveler, as much at home on the family farm as in a Parisian café. She was always ready to meet up for a meal, a movie or a chat. She enjoyed joining friends to cheer on the Jets. She was quick-witted, enjoying word play and inside jokes. She saw beauty and humour in everyday situations and would capture these through the touching and quirky images she shared on social media.
After being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, in August 2018, Diane faced her illness with courage. This was the “card she’d been dealt” and she played it with grace. She put the comfort of others ahead of her own, reassuring them that it was “going to be okay” and expressing her gratitude with a gentle smile.
She will be missed, but never forgotten. Her strength and generosity will continue to inspire us.
We would like to express our thanks to the CancerCare staff at Health Sciences Centre, MB for your support throughout Diane’s treatments. A heartfelt “merci” goes out to the team in the Palliative Care ward at St Boniface Hospital for your care and kindness to Diane and her family in her final days.
As per Diane’s wishes, a Celebration of Life will be held Sunday March 31, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Notre Dame Recreational Centre, 271 avenue de la Cathédrale, Saint Boniface, MB. Donations may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice or to the St Boniface Hospital Foundation.
“I love you more than my heart.”
“In life, it’s not where you go. It’s who you travel with.” “La vie est belle.”