It is with heavy hearts that we announce that we recently lost our beloved Diane after a long battle with cancer.  She is survived by her husband Donald Sanford, her stepdaughter Lindsay Lartz, her three brothers Rob (and Fran) Fraser, David (and Tricia) Fraser, Ron Fraser, niece and nephew Shawna Fraser Gip and Scott, nephews Terry and Quin, a sister-in-law Helen (and Clarence), and two dogs Brady (Shih Tzu), and Shiloh (Chihuahua-Pomeranian).

She was born in Penticton, BC February 4, 1951, living there for several years until moving to Golden, BC where she graduated from high school. She received Professional Certification from University of Victoria 1986, BS from Open University in Vancouver BC 1990, and a Master of Arts in Computers in Education from Gonzaga University 1999.  She began her teaching career in Nelson, BC before teaching and doing middle school counselling in the Castlegar and Trail BC areas. She loved teaching and was very good at it.  She was well liked and respected by her students
and principals. She retired in 2010.

She enjoyed golf the most of all her sports and was quite successful at a tournament level. Under the name McAfee, she won the Castlegar Savings Credit Union Ladies’ Golf Tournaments in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 (unable to play 1995, 1999), and was runner-up 4 times.  She was Castlegar Club Champion in 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001.
She took up the sport while in university and continued golfing until
2020.  She also enjoyed curling and took up snowboarding at the age of
52. She played a lot of basketball while in university, and coached boys’ and girls’ volleyball, badminton, golf, and girls’ field hockey during her teaching career.

She loved animals, especially her dogs.  Her love of animals seemed to have started early.  Her father was a fish and wildlife officer and would sometimes bring home orphaned fawns and other animals, which she loved to help care for.

She strongly believed in fairness and was always concerned about the welfare of others. She will be greatly missed. No services held at her request.  May the Lord shine His countenance upon you and give you peace.

No more bad days.

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3 Tributes

  1. Jeto Richard
    Posted July 7, 2022 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    My condolences to you Don and your family. I was so pleased to have met Diane and had the pleasure to look after her babies. She was a beautiful lady. ❤️

  2. Katie & Dino Zanet
    Posted July 8, 2022 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Don Sanford & Family,
    We send our deep sympathy to you at this time.
    Heartbroken to read of Diane’s passing. It was a great pleasure to have been friends of Diane who was a beautiful, strong, kind woman.
    We shared many laughs with Diane.
    Katie & Dino Zanet, Castlegar

  3. Carol Mitchell
    Posted July 9, 2022 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Don, what a wonderful obituary for Diane, it truly tells her story. She was such a dear friend, and I know I’ll be missing her for a long time to come. She was so relieved to have her brother take in her two pups, they were so special to her, as you said. Wishing you peace of heart during the days to come.
    All the best,
    Carol & Jim Mitchell

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