In Memory of Tanya Rakestraw

It is with a very heavy heart that I notify you of the passing of our RPEA Headquarters Office Manager, Tanya Rakestraw. Tanya passed suddenly on June 24 after a lengthy battle with her illness.

Tanya was employed by RPEA in April of 2004 and served initially as Member Services Representative, moving on to Assistant Manager and eventually Office Manager.  Under her leadership as Manager, RPEA saw an improved workflow and coordination among the employees which allowed for a reduction in staff, and in turn, resulted in a reduction of costs of operations of our Organization. She was a gem among gems and will be sorely missed by all with whom she dealt.

For myself, I felt honored to call her friend.  Rest in peace, my friend, until we meet again.

Marie Reed, RPEA Secretary/Treasurer


How to describe the loss of a dear special person!  It is not easy and sometimes very difficult, but in the world of Tanya she would say, let me send you a draft of what we want to say.  Tanya is no longer here to be that magical special person, her spirit, cheerfulness professionalism and memory will live on in the memories of all of us at RPEA.

Rosemary Knox, RPEA Vice President


Tanya was an invaluable asset to the association and to me as President.  She ran the administrative arm of the organization with skill and precision and oversaw General Assembly planning and proceedings in a very professional manner.  All of us in the association who knew her loved her for her very uplifting nature and very accommodating approach to handling chapter and individual problems.  We will all have an empty space in our hearts and thoughts with her passing. 

Al Darby, RPEA President

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