Reta Lemaster

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Reta Marietta (Dallas) Lemaster       Jan. 31, 1929 – Nov. 3, 2022


Reta was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. After high school, she received her teaching certificate and in 1948 moved to Kimberley to teach high school. Here she met Robert, the love of her life, and in 1952 they married and were together for almost 50 years.  

Reta and Robert lived in logging camps along the Kootenay and Skookumchuk Rivers in the early years, where they welcomed two daughters, Jean and Denise. Then they moved to Canal Flats and finally Cranbrook in 1963, where Robert started a land surveying business. They built a new home and welcomed their third daughter Joyce.

They lived in the same home until Robert passed in 2001, where Reta continued to enjoy living until just before she passed away at 93.

Reta enjoyed hiking, skiing, time at the lake, tennis, golf, friends, and her passion for wildflower photography. Family was her greatest joy.

Reta is predeceased by her husband Robert, daughter Jean, granddaughter Calli and son in law Dr. Johnson Rose.

Reta is lovingly remembered by her daughter Denise, daughter Joyce (Tim) and her grandsons Glen (Nicole), Trevor (Katherine), James, Eric (Gillian) and Joel, as well as two great-granddaughters.


A service in honour of Reta will be held on November 21st, 2022 at 11:30 am at McPherson Funeral Home in Cranbrook, British Columbia.


in lieu of flowers Reta’s family asks that donations be made in her name to the BC Nature Trust.



Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.

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