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Diane Dorothy Hughes

1938 - 2021

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  1. Well what can I say about Diane. My first night looking after Diane I took her and Ian to a Neil Diamond tribute act. This is where she learnt my name, and from that moment on she sang it to me every time. After that we did so much together. I tried to make her time with me, as exciting as I could make it. She was always included with anything my family had planned. At Christmas mum and dad would come round for a Christmas eve dinner, then on Christmas day we used to go on what I liked to call a “Cooper traditional walk” by Portland Bill, followed by mince pies at my brothers. We used to go to the cinema where Diane didn’t care where we were, or who was with us, she would sing at the top of her voice and at the end of the film she would even stand and clap. It was like she was at her own private concert, that I was lucky enough to be apart of. She loved her family so much, she was always talking about Lisa and Stinkyface also known as Amelia, but the one thing she always talked about and worried about was Mr Finnigan her beloved cat. These are just a few of the memories that I have, and believe me when I say I could say many many more. But my favourite memory is, 3 years ago I took Diane on a charity boat trip, and she loved every minute of it. We went around the harbour, having fish and chips and then watched the fireworks. We were having so much fun, with my mum and dad, that every person on the boat wanted to join us. By the time the boat trip was over everyone was calling Diane “Queen Diane”. So these are just some my memories that I have, I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have writing them for you. I will miss you forever Diane, you will always be my Queen xxx

    Caroline Cooper
  2. Diane was so lovely, kind and sweet . We had enjoyed many chats over coffee . Diane enjoyed a singalong to the old musicals . She loved the main man in her life Mr Finnagan . She would talk lovingingly of her family. She was especially happy that she came to live with Lisa and Ian. I will miss her laughter and the fun chats we had .

    Caroline Leaton
  3. Diane was alway a lovely welcoming person. I remember when coming to stay with us in York took a shine to my cat Rambo and wanted to take him home with her.when we came to stay at Ian’s and Diane came on a day trip to moors valley with us and held a giant owl called Elvis she just didn’t want to give it back such a animal lover.so many memories such a lovely lady and will be missed so much .RIP Diane

    Fiona caley
  4. I have only got fond memories going back SO many years for “Auntie” Diane. Firstly she is the link that I and my family still have to this day to the South Coast, obviously Ferndown, but also all those beautiful sunny days on the beach she introduced us to at Canford Cliffs when we were growing up. I feel so blessed to have had a childhood growing up on that beach, despite living far away I go there often even now and think of those days and smiling at the thought, and I will always be grateful that Diane made that happen. She and my Mum were always very funny together, a friendship that lasted well over sixty years. Sadly, for one reason or another I saw much less of her in recent years but I was always aware of how she was doing and as I said thought of her often. I would also like to say how kind she was to my Grandparents when they retired to West Parley a long time ago now, they were also very fond of her and pleased to see her whenever she popped round.

    I would like to express my deep condolences to Lisa, Richard and Jason and their families, and also Norma and her family, I wish you all every strength for the future. I will always remember Diane and the memories will only ever be warm ones. Goodbye Diane…

    Paul Howden
  5. My first real memory of Diane was when she gave her daughter Lisa away at Lisa and Ian’s wedding. With a mother of the Bride speech to boot.
    It was the first time I had seen or heard of that happening.
    Was so impressed by Dianes pride, strength, and dignity, and nothing changed my view of her after that.

    Sue Caley
  6. Diane I remember the lovely times we sat in Ian and lisa garden having a cup of tea with dad and mum and watching your grandchildren play and when Ian and lisa would take you down to Bournemouth pier and then we would all have a walk round the park .spent lots of times down at the beach hut making memories. Sleep tight allways in our thoughts

    Lynn pip and family xx
  7. Sending you all love.
    Thinking of you and you are in our prayers

    Kirsty Edwards
  8. I loved learning that Diane was a fan of old musicals and that she enjoyed the couple of DVDs we sent her way – it was great to hear how she’d take delight in watching them. I remember her very sweet smile when we last visited for a BBQ in Ferndown. God bless Diane and lots of love to Lisa, Ian and all the family xxxx

    Jo Caley
  9. In loving memory of Diane Hughes my friend for over fifty years.

    Sylvia Crooke
  10. Fondest memories of my second cousin, Diane.
    Always so kind and thoughtful.
    A gentle, mild, selfless lady with a beautiful smile that lit up the room

    Much love, rest in peace,

    Sue Storer (Nee Steer)

    Sue Storer
  11. My lovely friend of over 25 years ,, we first met and worked together , our age gap making no difference , from our office chats and sneaking off to the HC club ( our secret code for a naughty lunch at the harvester )
    I was you’re hairdresser and friend , you had one of the nicest heads of hair I’ve had the pleasure of styling , oooo I love having my hair done you would say when being blow dryed x
    I will miss you Diane ❤️❤️

    Simone
  12. Love and peace go with you Diane – but no flirting with MY Denis until I join you.

    With much love

    Molly X

    Molly Steer
  13. So sad to hear of Auntie Diane’s passing. We lived next door in Ferndown, Auntie Diane stayed good friends with my mother, Merle after we moved away. I remember holidays in Cornwall together, and days on the beach near Bournemouth. Happy days!

    Louise Marshall (Atherton)
  14. Diane was a joy to be with for her first attendance at Ferndown Plus Day Centre, articulate, chatty, so interesting, with a twinkle in her eye. Her real love of all music particularly something she could dance to was immediately obvious. Diane was at her happiest dancing with whichever ‘man’, or anyone else she could encourage onto the dance floor or singing along to our Manager Billy, playing guitar. She was such a lovely Lady, proud of her appearance and always so elegant, especially her nails which everyone admired and watched to see the changes in colour, matching her clothes.
    We are so sad that Covid Lockdowns prevented us from continuing to look after her during this past year, but have only happy memories of her time attending four sessions each week.

    Lynda Hurrell, on behalf of all the Staff at Billy's Club!
  15. Sending our love to all of Diane’s children and much adored grandchildren
    Our thoughts are with you

    Sue and Alasdair
    Xx

    Sue Vizard
  16. I have so many lovely memories from my time spent with Diane. During my first week looking after Diane she asked how old I was. When I replied “I’m 38”, Diane told me “Oh, only a bit older than me then, I’m 32 and a bit”.

    We would often watch ‘Singing in the rain’ twice in a row, go to the library to find new musicals we could rent, and spend ages looking at the plants and sparkly things in the garden centre.

    We’d share chocolate cake and cookies. I’d paint her nails ‘all sparkly’ and then we’d sing in the shower to anything on ‘Grandmas playlist’.

    Diane was always chatting in her own way, singing, or dancing, and we used to love going to the church events where she would often surprise me by standing from her wheelchair and dancing when a favourite hymn was sung.

    But then Diane was full of surprises, a very determined and strong lady. She was always so content, and I feel very privileged to have been a part of the happy environment created for Diane by Lisa and Ian.

    Diane was very occasionally grumpy with me, on the days she found tricky to communicate or simply when she wanted to ‘go back to bed with Finn’.

    But the best days were those when she’d say “I love you” as clearly as if she truly were still ‘32 and a bit’.

    Donna Pentecost
  17. Diane being an adopted Southern Caley Dingle member, was a joy to see and spend time with her, whether it be Dorset, York or Durham!
    The best memories I will cherish are simply of her being at home in Ferndown, with her beloved Finn, a cuppa in the garden watching the children play.
    Lots of love
    Jodie

    Jodie Thomson
  18. We met Diane when we first moved to Ferndown. She saw Leo and told me that her daughter was a childminder. Who knew at that point what a part of our lives their family would become. Leo and Annabel knew her as “Grandma” and they entertained her in the garden over the last few years. I know she enjoyed watching them and they will miss her presence.

    Our thoughts are with Lisa, Ian and family x

    Kelly, Rob, Leo and Annabel Harvey
  19. I first met Diane when I became her next door neighbour in Heath Farm Road, so have known Diane a long time, she will be sadly missed. RIP Diane.

    Hilary Millward
  20. Diane smiled all the time, it lit up her whole face. When she smiled you knew it was for you – it was full of love (just like her mum). We shared all our family tree secrets, I miss that this is no longer an option. Back safely in the arms of the family. Much love Diane, God bless.

    Julia & John 🙏xxx

    Julia Lidster
  21. We are so sorry for your loss and know how much you love and cared for your mum. She will be missed. We will be thinking of you all tomorrow and really hope you are able to celebrate Diane’s life the best way you can. Lots of love, Andrew, Sarah, Maisy and Lola xx

    Sarah Mooney
  22. Graham had known Diane for a long time. I had spoken to her on the telephone but never actually met her until Caroline started caring for her. Since then we have all had some lovely times together, meals, coffee but the most magical one was the boat trip in the harbour. She loved the whole evening and so did everyone else around her.
    We will always remember her face lighting up when she saw and recognised you, well Graham not me. She always remembered Graham.
    She was a really lovely lady and always talked so much about her family and Mr Fin.

    Vivien and Graham Cooper
  23. I have very fond memories of Diane . She was such a lovely lady R.I. P. X

    Paul Steer
  24. In loving memory of Diane,
    God bless you,
    Val & Brian

    Valerie Moore

Service Details

Friday, April 23rd 2021 - 14:00
FUNERAL LOCATION
St Mary's Church Ferndown, Church Road, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9EU
BRANCH
AE Jolliffe & Son Ferndown
Ferndown
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