Marion "Eileen" Diehl, age 92 of Leader, SK, passed away on October 26th, 2021 at the Leader Hospital. Eileen is survived by her son Terry (Shirley) Diehl and granddaughters Leanne (Jeff) White, great-grandchildren Sarah and Kaycee White; Vicki (Nick) Pietras, grandson Brad (Lis) Meyer and great granddaughter Dani Meyer; brother David (Peggy) Bay and their children Bonda (Barry) Boszack and Rick Bay. Eileen was predeceased by her parents, Mary and Jacob Bay,
husband Alvin Diehl, daughter Judy Meyer and son-in-law Ken Meyer. Eileen was born in the Swift Current area on July 13, 1929. She married Alvin Diehl on August 4, 1950 at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Swift Current. Eileen attended Normal School in Moose Jaw after leaving her home in Stewart Valley and went on to teach in a couple of country schools in the Rush Lake area. The majority of her teaching career was at Lancer School where she taught for 22 years until her retirement. During her early years in Lancer she and Alvin co-owned the Lancer Hotel with Alvin's family where she also worked both in the bar and the restaurant. Eileen was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, and attended the local Lancer United Church. When she moved to Leader she attended the Lutheran Church there. Eileen was an avid member of the ladies' bridge club in Lancer and enjoyed hosting the ladies for cards when it was her turn to do so. She looked forward to mornings with the 'Lancer Walking Club' when she met her friends to walk for exercise inside the hall. Eileen's custom was to play piano between laps, much to the enjoyment of her fellow walkers! Eileen enjoyed playing piano and learned to play by ear. She impressed many people with her ability to play without reading sheet music! Over the years she became famous for her collection of frog ornaments and was affectionately known as "The Frog Lady" by many locals. She was a beloved teacher of many students who still called her 'Mrs. Diehl' even as adults. She was a passionate "Aggravation" board game player and was known to collect, and even wrap, fun prizes for the winners. Eileen enjoyed her time at home doing crossword puzzles and reading. She looked forward to her regular trips to the Lancer Corner Library where she would visit and come home with books. She spent many evenings crocheting special blankets for the babies of her family and friends. Eileen had favorite TV programs that she couldn't miss, especially her music shows: the Gaither Gospel Hour, the Lawrence Welk Show, and the Hit Parade. Eileen valued time with her family most of all. She went on many summer fishing trips up north and weekend trips to Medicine Hat, which were always to a hotel with a swimming pool. In later years when she didn't travel much but she loved days spent visiting with her family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice. As per Eileen's wishes, a private family graveside service will be held at a later date, officiated by Deacon David Hagel. Eileen was a very loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and a wonderful friend to so many people. She will be greatly missed, and always remembered. The world was a greater place with this humble lady. Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home. For further information please call 1-306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.
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