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BETTY DIAMOND (published on October 18, 2009)

BETTY DIAMOND It is with a profound sense of loss that the family of Betty Diamond announce her death at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre (The Sharon Home) on August 11, 2009. Betty was born on October 18, 1926 in Calgary, Alberta to Russian immigrants, Ben Hashman and Bella Pearlmutter. She moved to Winnipeg to attend the University of Manitoba where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1947. She interned as a Dietician at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton and then moved back to Winnipeg where she worked at Deer Lodge Hospital until her marriage. In 1955 she met Perry Diamond (Fredric Perry Photographers) when he photographed her sister's family. They fell in love and were married shortly thereafter, establishing themselves in River Heights where they raised their family and became an integral part of their community. They were devoted to each other for over 50 years until Perry's death in 2006. She was predeceased by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Rose and Sam Arenson. Betty is survived by her children Tom (Alex Borovoy) and Pam of Toronto, Jay of London England, grandchildren Lindsay and Andrew Goeldner of Toronto, sister-in-law Dorothy Smith and brother-in-law Les Diamond of Calgary. Betty took great pride in the accomplishments of her husband and children for whom she devoted her life. She will be sadly missed by all those who loved her so dearly; her children and grandchildren, extended family, and the many friends and neighbours who prized their relationship with her. She was a superb Mother, an accomplished hostess and a devoted friend. She was an exceptionally gracious woman of intelligence and compassion. Thanks to the staff of the The Simkin Centre for their kindness and care of Betty during her time there. Betty's children wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to Nelia Oquialda, a beautiful soul, who cared for Betty for many years as she receded into the fog of dementia. Words are not enough to express our deep appreciation for Nelia's loving generosity. Funeral services were held at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on August 14. Rabbi Alan Green officiated. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. If so desired the family can be contacted at

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