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in memory of

Dianne Margaret McCoombe (nee Blakeley)

Dianne Margaret McCoombe (nee Blakeley)

7th October 1955 - 4th August 2023


Di passed away peacefully at Castlemaine Hospital with Stephen by her side.

Dearly loved wife of Stephen
adored mother and mother-in-law of David and Kate, Jonathon and Laura
Cherished Grandma to Levi, Zali and Frankie
Her long journey is at an end and she is now at peace.

She had the warmest heart, the biggest smile and was the brightest star in the sky.
Di made life beautiful by unselfish deeds, generous thoughts for others needs,
happy, smiling, always content, and respected wherever she went.
An amazing wife and mother.
Stephen, David and Jonathon.

To us you were very special,
you shall never be forgotten Grandma,
for we all thought the world of you.
Our love always Levi, Zali and Frankie.



A service to celebrate Di's life was held in the Church of Christ, Blakeley Road, Castlemaine

on Friday 11th August.

A recording of the service will be placed on this tribute page a few days afterwards.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Di to National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Donations may be made via their link

A private interment was held for Di at the Castlemaine Cemetery.

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37 responses to “Dianne Margaret McCoombe (nee Blakeley)”

  1. Ricki Bright says:

    You were my cousin by blood Di,
    But my friend by choice.
    I will love you and miss you always.
    – Ricki xxx

  2. Jennifer Buckle says:

    Our caravanning mate….you are missed my champagne drinking friend!
    Cheers …our thoughts and love are with Steve and family.
    – Jenny and Steve Buckle

  3. Raquel Knights says:

    I had the privilege of having Di as a mentor and colleague.
    My heartfelt condolences to Di’s family.
    – Raquel Knights

  4. Judy Flanagan says:

    Dianne, our beautiful friend of over 40 years.
    We have shared many tears and lots of laughter.
    You fought so hard to stay with such courage and determination.
    We will always miss you.
    Rest in peace.
    Judy, David, Justin (dec) and Brooke

  5. Gaylene George says:

    Deepest condolences to Stephen, David, Jonathon & Families.
    If everyone had a friend like Di the world would be a better place.
    You fought your battle with Dignity, Grace and never ending Optimism.
    Rest in Peace Di.
    Fly high with the black Cockatoo’s.
    Will miss you
    – Gaylene

  6. Faye Hards says:

    Deepest sympathy to Stephen, David, Jonathon and families.
    What a wonderful caring person. You always seemed to be the nurse on duty at night when my boys and Jack needed help.
    May you rest in peace now.
    Faye and Jack Hards

  7. Sandra phillips says:

    So many memories of our dear friend Di.
    You have been an inspiration as you have battled your illness.
    Always smiling and happy. We will miss you.
    Deepest sympathies to Steve and family.
    – Sandra and Rod Phillips

  8. Robyn Harris says:

    You were such a lovely lady cared for everyone.
    – Robyn Harris

  9. Helen Mafrici says:

    Life-long friendships last forever!
    ‘Our Fab Four’ is no more xxxx
    So many special times and memories are ours to cherish.
    Deepest Heartfelt Condolences to Stephen, David, Jonathon, and families.
    Rest Peacefully Di, free from pain xo xo xo
    All our love, Maree Matheson (nee Juniper), Sue Crook (nee Edwards), Helen Mafrici (nee Droney) and families.

  10. Judy Wagstaff says:

    My lifetime friend gone way to soon.
    You tried so hard to stay with us.
    I could not have asked for a more loving, caring, loyal friend who was always there for good and sad times.
    You will be missed so much.
    est in peace my beautiful friend.
    – Judy Wagstaff 💔

  11. Michel Mussett says:

    Our darling Disey, you will be so missed my friend, our girls weekends away, champagne and the laughs.
    Your smile and the beautiful memories will live on in me for ever, thanks for always being that very special person in our lives.
    Deepest sympathy to Stephen, David, Jonathon and families.
    Love ya heaps Disey xx
    Michel Mussett and my darling Billy💔

  12. Barb McNicol (Beale) says:

    Beautiful memories of such a wonderful heart and happy smile.
    Barb McNicol (Beale)

  13. Faye Conn says:

    Di always had time to stop and have a conversation.
    She was a wonderful nurse and a very special person.
    Sincere sympathy to Steve and family.
    – Faye Conn

  14. Jackie McLean says:

    Deepest sympathy to all your family Di, you were there when I first became a mum and was there for me for all 3 of my children.
    When I think of you I always smile.
    Thank you for your guidance, compassion and care xx
    Love Jackie McLean

  15. Pati and Ian Devereaux says:

    Dianne I can remember you as a young nurse, even then you were special and became a mentor to many.
    Always generous with your time and friendship.
    Our thoughts to Steven, David, Jonathon and families.
    What a wonderful drawer of happy memories we all will have.
    Pati and Ian Devereaux.

  16. Jenni Lucanto says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Stephen, David, Jonathan & families.
    Special memories from years past.
    Jenni, Ivan & family

  17. Jackie Farrell says:

    Dear Girl Di ,
    So many years of wonderful times, memories, laughs and a bit of SWEARING!
    Rest Easy Now …
    Love You – Jackie
    With Deepest Sympathies and Caring Thoughts to Steve, David and Kate, Jonathon and Laura, Levi, Zali and Frankie.

  18. Kerry and Trevor Peeler says:

    A Beautiful soul truly one of a kind.
    You touched so many peoples lives Di.
    You will be so missed.
    Deepest sympathy to Steve and family.
    Kerry and Trevor Peeler

  19. Colleen Marchant says:

    Deepest sympathy to Steve, David, Jonathon & families.
    Such a loving & caring lady.
    Colleen Marchant

  20. Marion Gifkins says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Di when she walked Ollie and was impressed with her kind and friendly manner.
    I know that she will be missed by many people and send my sincere sympathy to Steve and family.
    Marion Gifkins

  21. Heather Dobson says:

    Di has been a kind and caring friend for many years. Her compassion and wisdom made you feel special.
    Many fond memories will be with us forever.
    Our hearts go out to Steve and the boys at this sad time of loss.
    Heather Dobson and Paul Straughen

  22. Roby Joy 🤩 says:

    Beautiful Di, what beautiful memories you have left behind for so many people to cherish forever, your love for life was infectious, your smile was radiant, your kindness showed no boundaries, your friendship was so precious::: Rest easy my dear friend 🌹.
    Sending love and strength to Steve, David, Jonathon & their families.
    Roby Joy

  23. Heather Burnett says:

    To Steve, Jonathon, David and families.
    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    Di was a lovely caring lady.
    Sincere condolences.
    Heather Burnett and Jamie Quirk

  24. Lynne Jolly says:

    Di was a kind and gentle person to work with. I’ll never forget her willingness to drop everything and help me out on Black Saturday,
    it was a very difficult situation during dreadful conditions and she was great.
    Lynne Jolly

  25. Bernadette says:

    Di always had a smile for everyone
    ❣️ Bernadette

  26. Dorothy Carey says:

    It was such a privilege to know and work with you Di. You were an amazing human being with a great sense of humour and love of life.
    Deepest sympathy to Steve and all your family at this sad time.
    Dot Carey

  27. Lynne & Tony Cole says:

    Fond memories of our Secondary School days and netball, especially D 7’s.
    Deepest sympathy to Stephen and Family.
    Lynne and Tony Cole

  28. Kirsten James says:

    A fabulous nurse & top bird. Di had such great taste & did a brilliant job at whatever she put her hands & heart to.
    My heartfelt sympathies to Steve & family.
    Kirsten James xxx

  29. Kathy Hayward says:

    To Steve and family,
    My thoughts and condolences are with you, I am deeply saddened of the passing of Di who was a lovely midwife to me.
    DI you will be truly missed 💕🌸💕
    Kathy Hayward

  30. Ian & Helen McClure says:

    Our sincere sympathy Stephen and family. Dianne was such a beautiful cheery person and a wonderful nurse.
    Our thoughts are with you
    Ian & Helen McClure

  31. Helen and Greg Ralph says:

    Cousin Dianne we remember your beautiful smile and lovely nature.
    You touched everyone you met.
    We are so sorry Steve and family for your loss, we would have celebrated Dianne’s life with you but only just found out you have
    lost such a beautiful person in your life.
    Love to all,
    Helen and Greg Ralph

  32. Robyn & Stephen Walker says:

    Our sincere sympathy to all the family. Di was a beautiful person & always had a smile & time for a chat.
    A wonderful caring person who will be so missed.
    Robyn and Stephen Walker

  33. Jennifer Rowbotham says:

    I’ve known you nearly all of my life Di, and although we missed your service, our thoughts were with all that were there paying their last respect, we knew there would be masses of people there as you were well loved and respected.
    Rest in peace my friend.
    Jen and Pete Rowbotham Xo

  34. Jhn Wilkinson says:

    Sincere sympathy to Stephen and family.
    Dianne was such a nice person – we will all miss her.
    Jhn Wilkinson

  35. Denise Perry says:

    Di, my breast feeding hero, an amazing nurse, one of the best, did everything with a smile.
    Sadly missed.
    Sympathy to family.
    – Denise Perry

  36. Fay and Lindsay Dale says:

    Di what will we do without you?
    Such a beautiful caring friend.
    Thinking of you Stephen, David, Jonathon and family xx
    Fay and Lindsay Dale

  37. Ros. Scott says:

    I first met Di at Prince Henry’s when I was training and she was a staff nurse (Sister).
    Her kindness, warmth, skill, humanity stood out.
    Delighted to re-meet her in Castlemaine.
    Loving thoughts are with Stephen, her children, grandchildren and extended family and friends.
    R.I.P. dear Di
    Ros Scott xo

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11th August 2023 at 2:00 PM

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