Kyla White

Kyla White, beloved daughter, sister, friend and partner, sadly passed away suddenly on Thursday September 8th 2016 after a very short, undiagnosed battle with cancer.
She left behind many broken-hearted people. Her parents, Chris White and Shirley White who loved her dearly. Her sister, Kristy White and brother-in-law Robert Crowe who loved, and shared an extra special bond with her. Her close friends Kalie Whitaker and Jillian Poole who grew up with her and loved her like a sister. And her soul mate, Curtis Herback who loved her more than anything and treated her like a queen.
There are also so many people Kyla touched in the Safeway community who will miss her infectious laugh and warm smile at the deli counter there. She had a wonderful way of making everyone feel special and loved.
Kyla was born at Vancouver General Hospital on September 2, 1976. She lived much of her youth at the family farm home in Pitt Meadows where she spent her days swimming, making mud pies and riding her treasured pony Ginger.
She attended Pitt Meadows Elementary and then Pitt Meadows Secondary School where she met many life-long friends. She loved music, math and being the social butterfly that she was.
At the young age of 16, she started her 24 year career with Safeway where she created countless friendships. Over the years she worked at numerous different locations, always brightening up every deli counter she visited with her smile, her personality and her ability to create beautiful things. She was a natural leader who mentored many young Safeway employees who thought of her more as a sister than a manager. Her legacy there will certainly last forever.
Kyla lit up a room with her presence. She loved good wine, delicious food, and travelling to new places. Her loved ones were often spoiled by her amazing cooking abilities and special knack of pairing delicious flavours. She loved the beach and sliding her toes in the sand. She loved enjoying the best things of life.
She held a special place in her heart for animals, especially dogs. Over the years she had many that she treated like family. They were truly the most spoiled dogs on earth, especially her beloved Merlot who she adored greatly.
And she loved her family. Mum, Papa White, Petite, Bert and Herbie were always her top priority. Her life with her soul mate was exactly how she wanted it and they made each other so incredibly happy.
Kyla’s service was held at St. Patrick’s Church on September 15th 2016 at 10:00am
A Go Fund Me page called ‘Kyla White Memorial Fund’ has been created to support Curtis during this difficult time.

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  1. Very sad to here of the loss of Kyla,she was a good friend of my sister,Jillian Poole.Always remember her being so friendly and funny whenever I saw her in Safeway…she will be missed.

  2. So very sorry for this immense loss for the White family. I loved running into her at Safeway, she always lit up my day. My heart goes out to Kristy and her family.

  3. karen J carruthers

    So sad to hear this tragic news. Such a beautiful person inside and out.

  4. Dear Chris and family,

    We are both so sorry to hear about Kyla’s death. We are still in New Brunswick so cannot attend the funeral but know that we have you and the family in our prayers.

    Mike and Anne

  5. She was one of a kind I truly loved working with her. I will miss seeing her at work. Taken from us far too soon. Rest in peace my sweet Miss Kyla.

  6. We shared some really great times/moments of friendship that pretty much faded when I moved away but I’ll never forget our beautiful times together. I wish I could be there to celebrate Kyla’s life, she was such a fun friend. I’m with you all in spirit xo.

  7. I’m very sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful amazing person. Taken to soon. I’l’ll miss her smile and laughter ๐Ÿ™

  8. Shirley, Chris, Kristy & Family,
    We are very sad to hear of Kyla’s Death.
    Our Sympathy goes out to all of you & her Friends.
    Marie, Fred, Mittendorf & Family.

  9. Dear Shirley, Chris, Kristy family and friends

    I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Kyla.
    I remember her as a bright, sunny, friendly girl …living 2 doors from my parents farm. Of course she was much younger than most of us but my sister Shirley remembers babysitting her.
    As an adult I would see her at Safeway – she was always laughing and engaging her customers.
    My most heartfelt condolences to all of you.

    Eileen Karmali (Mittendorf)

  10. My dear Kyla
    I will miss you so much. Your infectious laugh your beautiful smile your love for your family Curt and Merlot and just your love for life. Going to work will never be the same. Can’t begin to tell you how much I am missing you

  11. Dear Curt and the White family
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Kyla was truly one of a kind and I am very blessed to have been able to call her my friend. My heart is broken for you all

  12. Chris, Shirley and Kristy. There are simply no words that can ease this for you. Those who know you and have known you are holding you tenderly in our hearts as you navigate the hardest part of life. I pray for you to find comfort in each other and those who love you and loved Kyla. She was a bright and shining spark of delight, warmth and she was so much fun.

  13. Shocked and saddened by the loss of Kyla. Met her working at safeway . Absolutely loved her . She lived life and had an amazing spirit. My condolences to her family and friends . God just received an angel.

  14. Dear White family and Curtis
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have known Kyla since she started Safeway. She was always alot of fun and full of personality. She was a great friend. Kyla will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

  15. I was sad to hear that Kyla has passed away. I had so much fun working with her at Safeway for all those years. My condolences to the White family for their loss.

  16. So sorry to hear , am a regular Safeway shopper and my daughter also worked under her and always had great things to say about her ! My condolences

  17. My deepest sympathies to Kyla’s family, partner and friends of which she had many at Safeway! truly god took this angel too young! A Safeway sister I was fond of knowing. Your infectious smile will always be remembered!

  18. Kyla was my best friend in grade 2 at Pitt Meadows Elementary. I moved away the following year. She was a sweetheart. I used to run into her at Safeway the odd time after almost 20 years had passed and she remembered me and we caught up like we were still as close as ever. It was so refreshing. When I heard of her death my heart broke. She was so young, so much life. I’m so sorry for the family and loves of Kyla. It is a loss for everyone that knew her. Rest in peace Kyla.

  19. Just knew her smiling face over the years when I shopped at Safeway. She looked like such a happy go lucky girl. And from what I read , she was. A beautiful obituary written for her, well said.
    Condolences to her friends family and partner. Can’t imagin your loss
    Rose Nobile

  20. My deepest, heartfelt sympathy to Kyla’s family and close friends. I have many found memories of Kyla when I worked along side her during our Safeway Lifestyles renovations. She was so much fun to work with even during some of the most stressful times when we were under the wire, exhausted and working crazy overtime. I looked forward to seeing her smiling beautiful face each day:) She had a fantastic sense of humour and was amazing at her job. I looked up to her and wanted to be like her. I will miss hearing her on our Monday conference calls when she always sounded like she had it all together. I totally admired that about her. So blessed to have crossed paths with such a vibrant lovely soul. My thoughts and prayers are with the many staff at her store. I dont know how they will be able to go there with her gone

  21. I never got to thank you for all of your infectious smiles,
    Your power to make People forget almost instantly that something was wrong in their world just by being in your company was such an amazing gift.
    Good bye beautiful lady…..thank you
    My sincerest sympathy to Kyla’s loved ones…..

  22. Gone is an Earths Angel , too soon Kyla! I will miss her terribly . She has been a support person to me for the last 7 years! A hug or a how ya doing was always how she greeted me! I had a request once about a breakfast sandwich ! She said she would make what ever I wanted happen:) She laughed with her mouth open a bit and said in 24 years she had never had such a request :)) For me she made it happen. That was just her way! I wish I could have been there today to support your family! Less than a week ago we attended a memorial for a dear friends 27 year old son! I was at Safeway having a coffee before I had to go. Gathering my strength not knowing that all the girls at Safeway knew but didn’t tell me because they understood I was grieving for another! My deepest sympathies to you entire family! I will miss her and going back to the store will be one of the most painful empty feelings I will have! Kyla bless your sweet heart I will miss you. Rest in Peace you are a beautiful soul !

  23. I didn’t know Kyla like most of these other people did, but to me she was a ray of sunshine that always stayed bright. I met Kyla through one of my shopping trips to Safeway several years ago. I noticed one day I went in and se wasn’t there so I inquired to one of the other Deli girls and they said she was at another Store. She was gone from Pitt Meadows for awhile, and then went back one day and there she was I was so happy to see her that I gave her a hug, we talked a bit, and each time we seen each other we would chat a bit and have a hug and be on our way. Kyla I was very saddened by the news of your passing. I will always remember your cheerful and welcoming smile. RIP Ray of Sunshine.

  24. It’s impossible to understand why such a beautiful, young, vibrant, loving person is suddenly gone? So full of life and personality! With that cheeky twinkle in her eyes and a smile that lit up the most miserable of days! Words cannot convey how sorry I feel for everyone who was lucky enough to know Kyla, feel one of her hugs, be the receiver of one of her beautiful smiles.
    It was a joy to know you Kyla! I won’t forget you and I’m grateful for all the days you were in my life. XXOO

  25. I met Kyla at the Maple ridge Safeway, she was a amazing lady with lots of laughter and positive comments. She had a smile that could light up the whole room. When I heard of her passing I was speechless and shocked. She was awesome to work with and will truly be missed.
    To her family: I am deeply sorry for your loss, my heart is with you, she has touched so many people’s lives she will never be forgotten.

  26. Irene Harper Pitt Meadows

    I met Kyla the same way a lot of people have through the Deli at Safeway. I will always treasure the memories of our little talks and greetings when I came into the Store. My deepest condolences to Kyla’s family and her loved one Chris.

  27. I am a demo lady & I worked at the Safeway deli yesterday. I am so sorry she is gone. I always chatted with her about her travelling adventures and how happy she was to settle in Pitt Meadows with the love of her life and her Aussie dog…..I could never remember her name so when I saw her I always said HI SMILEY LADY…!!!! She was always smiling…..I will miss her!!!!!

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