Diane Canfield, 1934-2010

Diane Canfield, 1934-2010

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Diane Canfield, 1934-2010, began fostering, along with my dad Charles, in 1964. Their first placements were a 2 year old girl and her 9 year old brother. As I look back at mom’s life, I am amazed at how she loved all of us. It was a time when foster care had little training and you did the best you could while rarely having contact with the social worker. Watching my parents struggle to help these kids grow up, has had a huge influence on my role as a foster parents and a foster care change agent. Mom was always there for the foster kids that came to her and dad. Mom is my hero. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0rj9La0t28&feature=youtu.be

Diane Canfield, 1934-2010, began fostering, along with my dad Charles, in 1964. Their first placements were a 2 year old girl and her 9 year old brother. As I look back at mom’s life, I am amazed at how she loved all of us. She loved to swim, cook and laugh. It was a time when foster care had little training and you did the best you could while rarely having contact with the social worker. Watching my parents struggle to help these kids grow up, has had a huge influence on my role as a foster parents and a foster care change agent. Mom was always there for all kids that came to her and dad. She was the Cool-Aid mom. Mom is my hero. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0rj9La0t28&feature=youtu.be

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Diane J. Canfield, of Snohomish, WA, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away at home April 6, 2010. Diane was born in Chicago, IL October 31, 1934 to Albert and Carmen Frydenlund. She grew up in San Francisco, CA and graduated from Balboa High School in 1952.
Diane married her husband, Charles, November 29, 1953 and moved to Yachats, OR in 1954 where she raised her four children. The family moved to Eugene in 1962 where Diane worked as a waitress and was kitchen supervisor at a retirement home. She and Charles were foster parents for many infants and abused children for 15 years. They moved to Seattle, WA in 1983 where Diane worked as Administrative Assistant in the computer department for Great Northern Annuities. She retired in 1993 the day she turned 62.
She leaves behind her husband of 56 years, Charles; their four children, Deborah Bailey (Larry), of Everett, Susan Hardin (Robert), of Lake Stevens, WA, Michael Canfield (Beth), of Silverdale, WA, and Kathryn Canfield, of Snohomish, WA; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; cousin, Barbara Henderson, of Grants Pass, OR; half brothers, Tom Frydenlund (Sharon), and Jack Frydenlund, of CA; sisters-in-law, Doris Gardenhire (Hobart) and Joyce Holt; and many friends.
Diane’s main interest was her home, family and her flowers. She got her last wish which was to be home for Easter with her family, friends, and flowers.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Merry Haven Care Center of Snohomish for the wonderful care they provided for the last several months of Diane’s life.

published at https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldnet/obituary.aspx?n=diane-j-canfield&pid=142098441

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