Diana Evelyn Setterfield
April 12, 1921-January 17, 2016
Passed away peacefully in her 95th year on January 17, 2016 at the Lady Minto Hospital Extended Care Unit on Salt Spring Island, BC. Predeceased by her parents Hugh and Josephine Charter, her brother Richard, and her ex-husband George. Mother of Tom (Penny), David (Daisy), Jen (Nancy), Wayne (Carole) and Chris. Grandmother to Angela, Timothy, Jeremy, Amy and Erik and four great-grandchildren.
Born at King’s Daughters Hospital in Duncan, BC. Di spent her early years on a farm in Crofton before the family moved to England. She returned to a farm in Duncan at the age of 14 and attended Queen Margaret’s private school in Duncan. She served with the RCAF from 1942 until 1945. She earned her BSc in Agriculture at UBC and lived much of her married life in the Ottawa area. She managed a 110 acre farm near Osgoode, was an early proponent of organic farming and raised beef cattle for 23 years.
She moved to Salt Spring Island in 1994. She was an avid gardener and birder and also enjoyed hiking, sailing, cross country skiing and kayaking well into her 80’s. She had an amazing mind, was well read on numerous subjects and often wrote to the paper, never shy to debate various issues. Di was loved by everyone who met her and was game for anything, living life spontaneously and with humour.
The family would like to thank all the wonderful staff at the Extended Care Unit who looked after her for the last two years, as well as Carole Penhale, Kathy Geldart, Nicholas Courtier and Trish Cannon and others who visited her and brought her so much joy. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends, but we plan to have a party in the spring and celebrate her life as she wished.