Dianne Jane Birkby

August 17, 1945June 1, 2021

It is with profound sadness that the husband and best friend of Dianne Jane Birkby announce her passing on June 1st, 2021 in the Kelowna General Hospital after living with kidney failure for far too long. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Dick, of Kelowna. Sons: Ron (Tara) of Langley, and Warren of Maple Ridge. Siblings Brenda (Brian) of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Gary (Frankie) of Chandler, Arizona, and Roger (Madelaine) of North Vancouver, BC. Four grandchildren, Cecili, Terry, Brittany and Zachary and two great grandchildren, Miya and Kinsley. As well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dianne was predeceased by her parents Ron and Joyce, and her brother Allan (Lori) and beloved sister-in-law Lorna. Dianne was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan and with her family moved to Kitimat, BC, and then to Prince George and finally to North Vancouver where she was raised and married to her first husband Clarke Gardner, and then to Dick Birkby. Moving then to Richmond, Surrey and finally Kelowna, B.C. She worked as a hair dresser for John-Gordon Hairstyles of North Vancouver all of her working career but focused on raising her two sons, both of whom she is proud of to this day. At her request there will be no service. At her husband’s request, mourners are asked to make a donation to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation ( or the Kidney Foundation of Canada ( Dick would like to thank the hospital staff and renal department staff for their guidance and support during the time Dianne suffered with this disease. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna 250-762-2299.


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kathy Manns- Ward

June 22, 2021

I was so saddened to hear that you passed Diane. My condolences to Dick and your family. May you rest in peace old friend.

Darryl Penny

June 8, 2021

Dick & family,
Our sincere condolences for your loss of Dianne.We enjoyed her company many times over our winters in Yuma.She will be missed.
Darryl & Val

Ken Grahame

June 5, 2021

Dick, my sincere condolences on Dianne's passing. Although it is several years since we spent many good times together, I will always fondly remember them. We lost track of each other before you moved to Kelowna, but you and Dianne have been in my thoughts always. I lost Patti two years ago to Alzheimers. Drop me a line anytime at
Ken Grahame