It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Reta Pyke at the age of 33 years. Reta died
suddenly on September 12, 2019 near Similkameen Falls, B.C.
Left to mourn Reta’s passing are her loving husband, Marty Rose; parents, Debbie and Tim; sisters, Sara
and Laura; nieces, Semaya and Sophia; nephew, Myles as well as numerous extended family and friends.
Reta graduated from F.H. Collins High School in 2003. In 2008, she completed her Bachelor of Science in
Criminology at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. In 2012, Reta completed her Master’s of Library Sciences
at UBC. Reta worked as a Children’s Librarian for Port Moody Public Library, Vancouver Public Libraries,
and most recently was IT Manager for Surrey Libraries.
Reta was a free spirit with strong family values who kept close ties with her friends in the Yukon and
across the country. Reta had a big voice and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. She stood up for those
around her and was determined to make the world a better place. Reta was kind and generous--she had
a big heart and an even bigger laugh. Reta’s smile was ever-present and she always saw the best in
people. Reta was a strong advocate for access to education, for open access to books and libraries, for
children’s literacy, and for the enjoyment of reading for all.
Reta was creative in all aspects of her life; she loved crocheting and making crafts. Reta enjoyed being
outdoors, going for long walks, and camping. She treasured her time at Mayo Lake fishing, bushwacking,
and picking cranberries. Reta appreciated and supported the arts; she attended local theatre, the opera,
and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She especially treasured her time with her dog Nina, who lit up
with joy every time Reta entered the room.
Volunteering was an important part of Reta’s life. Reta rose through the ranks of the Whitehorse Army
Cadets and went on to volunteer with them as a Biathlon coach. For several years Reta was the chair of
the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children award selection committee. Most
recently Reta was active in Aikido, and volunteered for her club’s board.
Reta was an exemplary role model for her nieces and nephew, her god-daughter Tl’yah Tr’an (Beth), and
for all that knew her. Reta will be greatly missed. Everytime we see a rainbow, Reta, we will think of you.
A celebration of Reta’s life will be held in Vancouver and another one in Whitehorse in October 2019,
dates to be determined.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Reta Lynn Pyke, please visit our floral store.