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Mary Diane Magnus

Apr 22, 1946 - Nov 10, 2021


  Due to Covid-19 restrictions the family has decided to have a small private ceremony by invitation only.


The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to the Memorial Presbyterian Church (5108 - 50 Street, Rocky Mountain House AB, T4T 1P7). Methods for donation can be found online at


Magnus, Mary Diane

"God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain… but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way." -- Anonymous

Mary Diane Magnus (Farnell) passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Hospice Society on Wednesday, November 10th at the age of 75 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Diane was born in Saskatoon, SK on April 22, 1946 to Evelyn and Gordon Farnell. She grew up on the family farm in Sonningdale, SK with her three older brothers Bob, Vic, and Don.

Diane was one of the lucky people that knew from an early age what was important to her in life. Teaching, loving, and enriching the lives of children was her true passion. It was no surprise that Diane attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where she became a certified elementary school teacher. Her first teaching job brought her to Rocky Mountain House, AB in 1966, employed at Lochearn Elementary School. She soon caught the eye of a local farm boy while cruising main street in her hot pink Plymouth Duster. Harald was the love of Diane’s life; they were soon married (1972) and she joined him on the family farm. Together they raised their family and built Last Hill Creek Farm.

Even though Diane decided to leave her professional teaching position behind, her involvement with children was just beginning. Raising three children of her own and farming full-time was no easy task. Always supportive and encouraging, Diane was very proud of her children, and dearly loved her many nieces and nephews. Family time was extremely important to her. She wanted her children to grow up with cousins, friends and neighbors. Always the host with the most, at the drop of a hat, coffee would be on, the table would be set, and laughter would fill the house. It was rare an evening would pass without a guest.

From early on Diane was an active member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church. There she was able to put her passion to work, teaching Sunday school classes and youth group. Be it baking, organizing functions, decorating, performing, outreach, or teaching - Diane was involved, and loved every minute of it. Her desire to be a positive leader in her church and community, made her a well-known, respected and admired person.

Diane’s love for her children came into full bloom with the arrival of her grandchildren. Never in my life have I witnessed such pure joy and excitement from our kids as when we would utter the words, “Let’s go to Grammy’s house.” They knew that inside those walls the world revolved around them. Even the children that were not her own grandchildren simply called her “Grammy Diane”. They loved her dearly and miss her every day.

In her final years, she could always be found tending to her beautiful flower gardens, watching the songbirds and hummingbirds that would visit her feeders, going out for coffee, decorating the house, attending church, preparing meals for the field or hosting family get-togethers. Diane would often reminisce of the wonderful time she spent teaching, where she made numerous lifelong friends. She would fondly recall the students in her classes by name, many of whom still live within the community. Her character can best be shown from the time she was diagnosed with stage four cancer in August until her passing into heaven. Diane had every right to be mad, or fall into depression after her diagnosis, but instead, she loved and lived every moment she was given, cancer would not rob her of who she was. Even in her final days she would remind us that despite moments of sorrow, we can find comfort in family, friends, and faith. Always graceful, until God called her home.

Diane will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 49 years, Harald Magnus; her children, Erin Blatkewicz, Brian (Celyn) Magnus and Carmen (Matthew) Brightman; her grandchildren, Grace and Mitchel Blatkewicz, Macsen, Livia and Gwen Magnus and Cash and Hazel Brightman; her brothers, Bob Farnell, Vic (Carol) Farnell and Don (Sharon) Farnell; numerous nieces, nephews and Harald’s large extended family.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the family has decided to have a small private ceremony by invitation only.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to the Memorial Presbyterian Church (5108 - 50 Street, Rocky Mountain House AB, T4T 1P7).
Methods for donation can be found online at

Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626


Heather (Farnell) Mack:

Diane was truly a gift to the world, I adored everything about her and I am so saddened by the news. My sympathies to the family, she will never be out of our thoughts. My best to the whole family. take care, Heather.

Kelly Sehn:

Miss Farnell was also my Grade 2 teacher and I just loved being in her class. She was also living in my neighbors basement suite so I had started asking her for homework before I was even a student at Lochearn.
I ran into her many years later when I was in Red Deer hospital visiting my dad. She was there visiting Miss Blezard. sp Amazing that she knew me and my brother after so many years.
Condolences to her family. She was really special to many.

Joan (Anderson) Jewkes:

I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. Magnus's health problems and passing.
Miss Farnell was my grade 2 teacher in 1967. She was such a wonderful teacher and one of my very favorites!
She was always teaching us new songs and they often had actions to go along with them - certainly kept our attention and we adored her.
Even years later, when I would see her, she always greeted me by name and with her infectious smiles.
I am glad to have known her and trust that you have many happy memories of her in your lives.

May God's peace surround you in your season of grief!
With deepest
sympathy to the family of Mary Magnus!
Les, Anita, Tania &
Jason Cermak.

May God's peace surround you in your season of grief!

With deepest sympathy to the family of Mary Magnus from Les, Anita, Tania and Jason Cermak.
Les C.

Dimmick Cecil:

Condolences to Bob ,Vic, Don, Harold. And all their families. Such a great loss in, too early in life

Don and Carrie Elliott:

Our condolences to all of Diane’s family.
I remember her smile and laughter from the days at Sonningdale school.
I know she will be missed.

Dorothee Hauf:

Dear Harald and family, Vera gave me this link so I could again express my deepest condolences to you all.
I hope you got my card in which I wrote some of the precious memories I have of Diane. I am so very sorry that her life was cut short and you have to go on without her. I will be with you on Saturday in thought and prayer.
Love, Dorothee

Carol Dickson:

Bob, Vic, and Don— My condolences to the 3 of you for the loss of your sister. Haven’t seen any of you for years but remember good times at old Sonningdale School.
Take Care

Dennis Dickson:

My condolences to all on Diane's passing. She was a good family friend and neighbor to ours in the sonningdale area.

Elaine Beach Gusek:

Harold and family. Everett and I send our heart felt condolences. Diane was such a great person-as a teacher, a neighbor, a motivator and friend. She always had a smile and was so easy to talk too. She will be greatly missed.

KIm and Randy Brightman:

Diane was such a gem and we were so lucky to be able to call her part of our extended family. She was such a hard worker and a dedicated member of the community and church.We will miss her dearly.

Blaine and Agnes Bowersock:

Harold, you will remember that you and Diane were our first landlords when we arrived in Rocky Mountain House. Diane was always so pleasant to Agnes, then, and in the years that followed. She never failed to stop and say hello. Her greetings were always so warm and friendly. Our condolences to you and to your family

Amy Lewsaw and family:

Dear Harold and family, We are so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. We send you all our love, Diane was a true gem and so very loving and thoughtful. I remember she called the kids on the phone to tell them how proud she was of different things they did in church/school, which always meant a lot to them. Our deepest condolences to you all
The Lewsaw family

Don and Ellen Maconochie :

Harold and family. Don and I were so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. We met her shortly after she moved to Rocky and always enjoyed her love of life. Our sympathy to all of you.

Verna and Richard Straub:

Sincere condolences in the loss of Dianne. She was truly a great person. She will be greatly missed.

Darleen Miller-MacKenzie:

Dear Harold and Family
We were so saddened to hear of Dianes passing. She was such A Wonderful lady . You all have such precious memories to help you carry on.
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to you Harold and your family.
Sending our love and hugs
Bill & Darleen


Harald and family,
So very sorry to learn of Diane's passing.We will always remember her bright cheery smile and infectious laugh.Hopefully all of your happy memories will help give you strength to get through this difficult time of loss.Our thoughts are with you all.
Sincerely,Brenda and Chris Sande

Stewart and Jean Stephanson :

Dear Harald and all the Family.
We were so sorry to hear of Mrs Magnus recent struggles and now passing ! Our daughter Joy, was not a happy student, until she ended up in Mrs Magnus class at Lochearn school.
I’m sure many other students felt the same way!
We cherish the rich memories, including all those at Memorial in those days,, and the wonderful person she was!
Stew and Jean

Donna Hunley :

Heartfelt condolences to all her family. Never have I met someone as positive, full of energy, kindness and happy personality that Diane shared with so many. Her laugh was very contagious. Amongst the sadness I know you all feel, I hope beautiful memories of her will help you through this difficult time.

Rhonda Hamilton:

Diane Farnell was my Grade 2 teacher and I believe it was her first year of teaching. We all loved her. We loved going caroling (with Miss Morton) at Christmas and then to their home for hot chocolate. In class she read us “The Hobbit” - she was many years ahead of the times. She instilled in me a life long love of learning. I am so happy that a few years ago I came back to Rocky for a service. Diane was running the kitchen and I stopped to chat. I took the opportunity to tell her how amazing she was and how much we loved her. I told her that she has always been my favorite school teacher, with Wayne Shirley running a close second! She giggled like she always did and tried to downplay the complement in her humble manner. The world has lost an amazing woman, but Heaven now has a perfect Angel!
My heartfelt sympathy to her husband and family, especially her precious grandchildren that needed her for many more years. She would have been the world’s Best Gramma!

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