Dyke, Markreta

June 25, 1934 – October 27, 2021
at the age of 87 years

Markreta Dyke (nee Merk) passed away in Salmon Arm on October 27, 2021. She spent many years living in various cities in BC., Germany and Alberta. Upon retiring in Salmon Arm, she helped construct a home on the lake in Seymour Arm where she spent most of her spring, summer and fall months for many years. 

She was born on June 25, 1934 to Jacob and Eva Merk. She was the fifth of six children raised on a farm in Paddockwood, SK.

She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed, reading, cribbage, dancing, the opera, her garden, knitting and caring for her family and pets.  She created clothing for her children for many years.  Many family and friends have a quilt made by our Mom.  She loved all wildlife and took special pleasure in birds.  She volunteered for many years at the Salvation Army, the Shuswap SPCA and sang in a choir at retirement homes.  She was most recently living at Andover Terrace where the staff and residents were a special part of her life.

Markreta was predeceased by her son Bruce. She leaves behind her husband Dave and her only surviving sibling, Alec Merk.  She also leaves to mourn; her daughters Candace (Marv) and Cindy (Roger) and son Bill (Lisa), her grandchildren Sarah, Alex and Nick, and many nieces and nephews as well as countless friends.  

She will be deeply missed by all that knew her for her warm smile, sense of humour and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Markreta’s memory to the Shuswap Branch of the SPCA.


  1. Margaret married our neighbor Dave in Calgary. They were fabulous neighbors. They drove me to the Foothills hospital for the birth of my daughter Lauren because my husband was ski coaching in the mountains at the time. Margaret sat with me till my husband got there.

    She was so kind. We used to visit in Salmon Arm occasionally. We brought my dad out to the island for a few days and we’re toured around in style and fed well!!

    My daughter being a ski racer would have various races in BC. We were always welcomed warmly on our way. RIP dear lady! ❤️

  2. I had the opportunity to clean their home when I first came to Salmon Arm. From the first time I met her I knew it was a good fit. She welcomed my mom and myself in for a cup of tea and a chat about what I would do for her. She supported me with being there for me when my mom passed. She had a very warm manner about her. I always enjoyed catching up with what she was doing. I will miss talking to her .Thank you for the time I had with you.

  3. Deepest sympathy to all of you from Blake, Brenda, Holly MacDonell and Daniel Rochon. Your mom was a lovely lady and we always enjoyed time spent with her. She was such a sweet person and is now at peace looking down on all of you with much love.

    Much love is sent your way from our family.

  4. Condolences on the loss of this wonderful lady, She will be missed by all who knew her.

  5. It’s hard to believe she is gone. She was always so full of life!
    I will miss her smile (she always had one) and her desire to make a better world (she was always championing a good cause).

    May you rest in peace Auntie. <3

    Love Paul and MaryAnn Havas

  6. Our deepest sympathies and condolences on your loss of Aunty Marg
    She will be greatly missed!

    Theresa Learmonth, Uncle Alex, Bob & Dave Merk

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