AMLIN: Diana (Fell) of Blenheim, formerly of Dutton, West Lorne, Rodney and Ridgetown

It is with great sadness that we share news of the sudden passing of Diana Lynn (Fell) Amlin on June 19, 2012 at the age of 67.  The many treasured people in Diana’s life looked forward to sharing many more years with her.  Despite Diana’s health-related struggles over the past 20+ years, she never let them define her and she stayed strong, active, and committed to life.  The daughter of Jean and Bill Fell, Diana spent her formative years in St. Catharines, Regina, and Belle River.  Following her marriage to Vincent Amlin, they lived in Dutton and outside West Lorne and then later on Diana lived in Ridgetown, Rodney and Blenheim.  An independent spirit, Diana thrived on her work with horses and her love of animals.  During a 30-year career as a Dental Assistant, she still managed to lovingly care for her horses and animals, muck stalls, put up hay, and parent her two daughters, Michelle and Niki.  Her closest friends were made many years ago through her work and through her quarter horse related endeavours.  Mom was blessed in the friend department – Nancy, Vicky and Judy deserve special recognition, as does her sister Debby who was a special friend and confidant.  They cooked for Diana, looked after her when she was ill, kept her looking beautiful, and most importantly, shared in many wonderful times filled with loads of laughter!  A music lover, Diana’s daughters have wonderful memories of her dancing around the kitchen preparing dinner to the tunes of Roy Orbison or Elvis (although she good naturedly accepted many jibes about her cooking abilities)!  Diana and Vincent raised two strong daughters who have gone on to marry wonderful men and to become mothers themselves.  It’s a testament to Diana that both her daughters had relationships with her not only as their mother, but as a best friend as well.  She is deeply missed by Michelle Amlin and Chris Pearen who are parents to Carter and Maia and by Niki Amlin and Trevor Henry who are parents to Olivia and Chase.  Diana treasured her grandchildren and was frequently seen cheering them on at hockey games and during their other endeavours.  She was always urging them to be the best that they could be, to work hard in school and to enjoy life.  Niki caught the horse bug as a young girl and Diana spent years hauling her around to shows, rising early and driving a big rig around the Province. Diana was an active member of the Area 1 Quarter Horse Association and recently received her 30-year recognition.  Diana shared her sense of humour and zest for life with her brother Paul (Judy) Fell, sister Debby Rennie, and with her many and wonderful nieces, nephews and grandnieces/nephews.  The numbers and volume at the “Fell Family Gatherings” has grown over the years and were another blessing in her life.  An avid reader, Diana quickly befriended the local librarians in numerous towns and was a great source for literary suggestions.  Nice weather often found her nurturing her passion for gardening.  Diana also left behind her companion and dog Moxie – which adds to our sadness.  Those of us who call Diana, Mom, grandma, sister, aunt or friend will be often reminded of ways in which we miss her.  A friend of Michelle’s shared the following quote, which exemplifies Diana’s impact on others: “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”  Diana’s family owes a great deal of gratitude to the health care providers and emergency responders that supported her (and her family) through her final hours. A special thank you to the emergency and ICU staff at Chatham Kent Health Alliance.  Diana’s family and her close friends are invited to participate in a celebration of her life on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm at the Blenheim Community Funeral Home (60 Stanley St.) – a few words will be shared at 3:30 pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Diana’s memory can be made to the OSPCA, the Canadian Arthritis Society or to a charity of your choice.

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