It is with great sadness that the family of Reita Georgette Baron announces her passing on August 17, 2014. Reita’s family and close friend Lester were by her side when she succumbed to a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born on September 8, 1952 in Kamloops BC to Al and Margaret Hinsche, Reita spent a happy childhood with her four siblings on a ranch on Watch Lake Road near Lone Butte BC. She attended elementary school in Lone Butte and high school in 100 Mile House, BC. In April 1974 Reita married Frank Baron and moved to Likely which she quickly adopted as her new home and enjoyed being an integral part of the community. During Reita’s life she touched the hearts of many friends and associates who will miss her greatly. She worked as secretary/librarian for the Likely School until she moved to Williams Lake in 2006 so Shauna could enroll in high school there. She had an excellent reputation as a bookkeeper and worked for several companies in the Likely and Williams Lake areas. Her hobbies were many and she loved to spend time with nieces, Brityn and Taryn, sharing with them the many crafts she enjoyed.
Reita is predeceased by her parents Al and Margaret Hinsche. She is survived by her daughter Shauna Speed, who was the love of her life, and her loving partner of twenty-five years, Norman Speed. Reita will be dearly missed by her sisters Pat Coukell of New Hazelton, BC, and Judy (Mark) Brekke of Kelowna, BC, brothers Lorne (Liz) Hinsche of Williams Lake, BC and George (Dianne) Hinsche of Sheridan Lake, BC. and sister-in-law Barb Jaager of Penticton, BC. Also to mourn her passing is her uncle, Walter (Joanne) Levick, aunt, Evelyn Townie and nieces and nephews Cliff Coukell, Gerald Coukell, Jennifer Walker, Jason Hinsche, Tasha MacDonald and their families and her special little rays of sunshine, nieces Brityn and Taryn Hinsche.
A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Magnuson for the compassionate care he gave Reita for many years and a very special thank you to the entire staff of Deni House. All of you are amazing and our family will always remember the special time we shared with Reita there.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Williams Lake Hospice Society, 517-6th Avenue North, Williams Lake, BC V2G 2G8 or the charity of your choice.
A celebration of life will be held in Reita’s honour at 1:00 PM on September 20, 2014 at the Likely Community Hall, 6281 Rosette Lake Road, Likely, BC.