Thomson Funeral Home


Dianne Joan Scoles

18 febrero , 19419 diciembre , 2020

February 18, 1941—Dec 9, 2020

A wonderful wife to Ted, a magnificent mother to our six children: Ernie (Doreen) of Saskatoon, Donna Jean (d. 1983), John (Megan and grand-daughter Frances), Patricia (Anesh d. 2020), James and Steven – all of Winnipeg.

Dianne was a person of many talents: a counsellor and teacher with special-needs children, a physiotherapist, business owner/manager, a tailor and bookkeeper, real estate sales person, art history professor at the University of Manitoba, and an accomplished artist, whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited and sold across the prairies. She was a published genealogist, researcher and writer, a local activist for many, many years, and a crafter and gardener extraordinaire. She practiced Reiki for many years as well, and was certified a Reiki Master in 2019. Her energy has reached many, many people around the world, and it always will.

Dianne wove living experiences into positive threads in the fabric of her life. After graduation from The Pas Collegiate with the Governor General’s Medal, she entered the University of Toronto to study physiotherapy. Her practicums included six months working in hospitals in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Graduating from physiotherapy at the University of Manitoba, she practiced at the Clearwater Lake Hospital in Northern Manitoba.

She returned to school later in life, graduating with the gold medal (Art History) from the University of Manitoba in 1993. She went on to study in Victoria, while commuting from Pender Island, and achieved her Master of Arts in 1995 (with honours) from the University of Victoria (Art History). She went on to teach at the U of M (School of Art) when she returned to Winnipeg from B.C. in 2002, and achieved yet another B.A. in 2007 from the U of M. She was a life-long lover of books, reading and learning.

Dianne and Ted married in June of 1963, and lived in many wonderful places: enjoying many beautiful summers at Clearwater Lake and the beauty of the north in The Pas, and Thompson – twice for a total of 13 years, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for two incredible years (with family), and Winnipeg, Morden and beautiful Pender Island, B.C. for eight wonderful years, eventually moving back to Winnipeg in 2001.

Dianne touched the lives of many students on many levels, and for seven years she taught Art History and her favourite subject—Celtic Art—at the U of M. Her teaching was highly-rated (4.9/5), and her students described her teaching as “superb,” “unreal,” “amazing,” and “awesome” and that “she was a wonderful professor” whose “lectures were the equivalent of fresh-baked banana bread.” Mom was also extremely supportive of all of her children’s education and career choices, and her life-long dream was to see all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren complete their formal education.

Dianne made travel a big part of her life, and our lives. Our first major trip was to the mountains in 1963, where she learned to drive. The next trip was to New York City and a Caribbean cruise in 1966. Then to the U.K and Ireland in 1975 (the first of many, many more trips to the U.K and Ireland). With Ted’s job taking the family to Saudi Arabia, we had many great holidays with all of our family: Thailand, Cyprus, Egypt, Kenya, the Seychelles, Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Singapore. A three day Safari in the Masai-Mara game preserve in Kenya, with the family, was a spectacular experience.

Dianne enjoyed many trips to Ireland with Ted and various family members, and many trips to Spain with Ted and various family members. Her deep love of Ireland – the spirit of the Irish people against all odds, especially - will be cast in stone. One of her favourite Irish sayings: It is what it is.

Her greatest joy was to take her granddaughter, Frances, on a trip to Ireland last year. Megan and John and Frances and Grandmother stayed in a castle and spent three weeks traveling the country by car.

She was born in The Pas to Frank and Margaret, and is survived by her sister Donna Nabess (Don d. 2016) and brother Jim (Shannon). She leaves behind five grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren, several dear nieces and nephews and she kept in touch with every one of them over the years, making sure each and every birthday was accounted for. Also brothers-in-law Jack Scoles (Joyce d. 2019 ) Vancouver; and Joe (Margaret d. 2018) of Ottawa, and many, many dear and long-time friends.

She asked that all who knew her as a friend or family member, remember her in their prayers, as she did daily for so many. Dianne’s was a life very well lived. We know no one kinder, smarter, and more caring, and no one with a better attitude to all of life’s possibilities and challenges, than our incredible Mom. May your beautiful Spirit continue to guide us for the rest of our earthly lives. And may we feel your Spirit soaring, and gifting, at new heights.

The angels lifted Mom gently a little too early from us, but not before Mom graced and gifted us with lives filled with a million big hugs, love, light, and amazing memories. Slainte (cheers), Mom!

Mom, Dianne: may your spirit guide you forward every step of the way, and may your spirit continue to guide and nurture us, your loving and caring family.

A special thanks to the staff at Cancer Care MB, and the staff at Riverview Hospice. A private celebration of Dianne’s life will take place after Covid 19 subsides.

Donations to a charity of your choice can be made in lieu of flowers.


Dianne Joan Scoles


Rob Oostenbrink

12 febrero , 2021

My sincerest condolences to the Scoles family, and in particular, my freinds, Ernie, and Donna. Dianne had wonderful children and I had the privelege of knowing Donna and Ernie. from International School Eerde while both of our parents lived in Saudi Arabia,.

Ted Scoles

25 diciembre , 2020

To those who have sent such special and touching messages to the
Scoles family on this page, thank you so much, and we are comforted by your thoughtfulness. In Dianne's humble way she
would not feel worthy of such charitable recognition. Cheers. Sincerely, The Scoles Family

Betty Chun

23 diciembre , 2020

My condolences to Diane's family. Diane was a wonderful friend and I have many good memories of the times we spent together with lots of laughs and flinging ideas back and forth planning various projects while being on the executive of The Pas Kinettes. Diane and Ted enthralled us with most interesting stories of their time in Saudi Arabia, a few which have been recounted to other friends more than once. Rest in peace my friend.

Marlene Bond

22 diciembre , 2020

Dear Ted and Family

There are not enough words to say how sorry I am for your loss of Dianne. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

Take care, Marlene Bond

Gordon Hoeschen

19 diciembre , 2020

Ted; So very sorry to hear of Dianne's death. I often remember your time in Morden and our fall golf weekend trips with fond memories, some time off from from combining. Gordon Hoeschen

Cindy & Gord Maddock

18 diciembre , 2020

Ted our thoughts are with you and your family. Gord and I were so very sad to hear of Dianne’s passing. We are thinking of you all at such a difficult time. Gord & Cindy Maddock

Keith Moen

17 diciembre , 2020

I first met Dianne and her family in Thompson back when I was a teenager, well over three decades ago. Throughout the years I had the great fortune to have visited with her and her family in Winnipeg, Pender Island, then in Winnipeg again. I always admired Dianne. She exuded a kindness, sparkle, and joy of life that I found intriguing and mysterious. Her art, crafting, and curiosity were inspirational. I was in awe of her tightly knit family full of customs and rituals, some of which inspired my family as well. I deeply feel for you all Ted, Ernie, John, Patti, James, and Steve, and for how hard this must be to have lost her. I wish for you to be as well as can be in such times, and I miss you all.


17 diciembre , 2020

Dear John---
We were so sad to hear of your beloved mom's death. Her obituary is such a glowing tribute to a life so well and fully lived...lots of adventures to remember and cherish.
Our condolences to your family during this time of loss.
We want you to know that we're holding you close (virtually!).
Our thoughts are with you, Megan and Frances.
Hugs---Terry and Brendan

Randy Colgan

16 diciembre , 2020

Condolences to the Scoles and Houghton families.

Tony Berezowecki

15 diciembre , 2020

Very very sorry to hear about Diane's passing. We were part of an old "gang" in The Pas during high school: Patti Polowy, Shelagh (Peanuts) Chapman, Diane (Rosie) Proche, Vaughn Wadelius, Lawrence (Headless) Herman, and many others. Although I lost touch with Diane after high school, I did keep occasional track of her over the years, but wasn't aware of all her fantastic achievements. Condolences to husband Ted and the kids.