April 13, 1947 – June 5, 2018
Mary Reger, a 40 year resident of Canada died June 5, 2018 of natural causes at her home outside Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.
She is survived by two sisters and their families. She was born April 13, 1947 in Carmel, California. her father was a dentist in the US Army. There were several different assignments, including California, Washington, Washington DC, and Germany. Mary graduated from the University of California at Berkly in 1969 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. She soon left for Canada.
Her varied occupations included trapping with a friend and a dog team a 200 square mile area for 10 years. Later she was the first woman hired as a fur buyer for the Hudson Bay Company. Also she was the first woman to walk the Chilkoot Pass alone. She worked for the Canadian government monitoring remote chemical dump sites.
On her own she surveyed then homesteaded an area near Carcross, accessible only by canoe across Lake Bennett. There she felled the trees and built a two-story log cabin. Later she acquired property outside Whitehorse where she designed and constructed a functional compound of two adjacent buildings and a third down the hill – all two-story. Finally, she worked in Whitehorse at the Library, from which she retired.
Mary loved to hike, mountain climb (Mt. Rainier and others), ski and kayak. She was proficient on the piano, clarinet and oboe as well as fluent in German. She also loved to travel, especially to Scotland, Finland and Norway. In addition to the hobbies she volunteered at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. Mary was a very private person. A truly remarkable woman, hers was a life well lived.