MERLO, Diane Christine (Olson)

Passed away unexpectedly at Ridge Meadows Hospital, Maple Ridge, BC, on Wednesday September 2nd, surrounded by her loving children and family. Aged 47 years. Diane is survived by her father Edward Olson of Vernon, B.C, son Conner Merlo, daughter Brooke Olson Fougere, their dads David Merlo and Dean Fougere, brothers Dale Olson (Jacqueline) of Vernon, B.C and Kelly Olson of Calgary as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Diane was predeceased by her beloved mother Myrna and brother Larry.

Diane was born December 29th, 1967 in New Westminster to Edward and Myrna Olson. She graduated from W.L. Seaton Secondary, in Vernon, B.C, in 1985. Moving to the Lower Mainland shortly there after, where she initially pursued a career in hairdressing. Diane later worked mostly in the office administration field in various capacities during her lifetime. In the last year of her life, she worked as a subcontractor for the department of fisheries. A job which she absolutely loved being in the outdoors, on the ocean. Diane loved people and loved being around them, she always lit up the room with her sunny smile, laughter and engaging personality. Always quick to help others, to lend a hand and to listen to their problems and concerns. She loved the outdoors & the sun. Mexico always being a favourite destination to escape the dreary winter months. Locally she enjoyed warm sunny days at the Alouette river. Friends & Family were always of the utmost importance to her.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday, September 27, 1pm, at the Royal Canadian Legion, 12101 224th St, Maple Ridge, B.C., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice.

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