Diane Tyler (nee Ross) died on 28th February 2017 after a long battle with cancer. She will be remembered as a vibrant, intelligent person who had an instant rapport with her patients and a great sense of humour.
Diane was born on 1st August 1941 and spent the war years on her grandmother’s farm near Newmarket, Suffolk. Later, as a child in a military family, she moved home frequently spending time in Kenya and in Canada where she recalled how much she enjoyed being a school cheer leader.
From a young age she was sure of her wish to be a nurse and in 1958 began her preliminary training in Camberley, Surrey. Diane moved on to King’s College Hospital in South London, where over a period of seven years she became a state registered nurse working on the wards and as night sister in A&E. She spent some time at the Royal Marsden Hospital and then trained as a district nurse.
Although Diane later qualified as a health visitor and also worked as a practice nurse in several GP surgeries she said that her time as a district nurse was the most satisfying. This was a role where she could best use her ability to make good relationships and her considerable practical skills for the benefit of her patients.
She spent many years working in the boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth in South London, in particular the areas of Camberwell and Dulwich where she will be remembered by patients and colleagues.
For her son, John, his mother was someone whose ethic of hard work he admired and seeks to emulate. He feels that she embodied the values and ideals of her nursing predecessors and cites nineteenth century nurses, the most well-known Florence Nightingale and the more recently acknowledged Mary Seacole.
Family and friends will have fond memories of sitting at Diane’s dining table, as the recipients of her culinary skills. Her love of food and cooking had begun very early in life, at her grandmother’s knee.
In later years Diane moved to Dymchurch, Kent, and worked as a practice nurse at Thomas House Surgery, Dymchurch.
It seems fitting that she spent this time in the Folkestone area where she recalled some happy years at the Girls’ Grammar School. Diane had memories of being part of a group of 11 year old girls who all started school at the same time. For once she was not the only new girl!
Diane will be mourned and missed by her two sons, Paul and John, her second husband, Richard Corrigan, her extended family and by her many patients, colleagues and friends.
Her cremation took place at Hawkinge Cemetery, Folkestone on 10th March 2017.
Obituary written by John Tyler, her son and Maureen O’Connell, a friend and colleague