HIGHGATE SPRINGS– Dianne L. Ferland, age 66, passed away with her loving family by her side on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.
She was born in St. Albans on October 15, 1955 to the late Gilbert Thompson and Leora Lemnah.
Dianne grew up in Alburgh and then moved to Highgate where she graduated from Missisquoi Valley Union High School in 1973. She had various jobs in the area making her a Jack-of-all-trades— she even did the mechanical maintenance on her vehicles. She was a proud mother, and even prouder grandmother, she cherished the time she spent with her grandbabies. Dianne was a talented crafter, and could make just about anything. She loved watching and feeding the birds, and the sounds of windchimes. Dianne had a knack for telling it like it was, stubborn at times, and didn’t shy away from telling everyone how she felt. Dianne truly wore her heart on her sleeve and would bend over backwards for those that she loved. She was a spitfire with a heart of gold.
She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Pierre Ferland of Highgate Springs; children, Suezie Mashteare and her husband Richard of Highgate, Mindy Gagne and her husband Kevin of Highgate, Crystal Ferland and her partner Jason Paige of Bedford, Canada, and Travis Ferland and his partner Cindy Royea of Bedford Canada; grandchildren, Damien Church and his significant other Taylor Meunier, Jacob Rocheleau and his significant other Natasha Lambert, Lauren Gagne, Teagan Gagne, Lily Couture, Hayson, Couture, Katelynn Couture, Jayna Couture, Saevannah, Ferland, Abigail Ferland, Emily Rose Ferland and Mikayla Ferland; one great grand baby boy (sprout) on the way; siblings, Gilbert Thompson of Swanton, Lester Thompson of Bakersfield, Mark Greenia of Swanton, Michael Greenia of Swanton, and Tina Tracy and Tom Tracy of Richford; father-in-law, Clement Ferland of NC; siblings-in-law, Richard Ferland and his wife Melody of Highgate, Diane Parent of FL, Debbie Ferland and her husband Michael Waters of NC, and Linda Marie Jones of MS; several nieces and nephews; her best friend Gretchen Putnam; her beloved dog, Pumpkin; and two birds she named Suezie, and Mindy. Besides her parents, Dianne was predeceased by an infant son, Jamie Thompson; a son, Jason Pierre “J.J.” Ferland; her stepfather Mark L. Greenia, Sr.; and mother-in-law, Gloria Ferland.
For those who wish, contributions in Dianne’s memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 222, Swanton, VT 05488.
Our family would like to give a special thanks to the wonderful crew of Missisquoi Valley Rescue, they were always so caring and loving to Dianne, she also had some wonderful Caregivers from Bayada that she became close to, thank you to those girls as well. We also would like to thank the wonderful Doctors and Nurses from the PCU at NMC for supporting Dianne and our family in our time of need.
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