Dakota Bradyn Twiss
She was happy in life and did not suffer in death. It is hard to imagine the joy of those waiting for her arrival. Those of us who are left behind find great consolation in knowing how much love she received the moment she entered the next realm of existence.
Dakota was born in Burley, Idaho, on March 29, 1996. The world was made brighter the instant she was born. She is the daughter of Beau (Kodi) Twiss of Paul and Brytten (James) Sievers of Rupert. Her sister, Jaquoy, came along just 15 months after Dakota; you never saw them apart until they became “grown-ups” and learned to drive. Her other siblings, Hayli and Lee Sievers, with whom she had a good friendship. Last came Gunner and Hunter Twiss and Azure Sievers. She was patient and kind with these little ones, and taught them how to love. She was an exemplary granddaughter to many grandparents, including Bryce and Sheri Greener, Catie and Steve Hobbs, Debbie Barnes, Mike and Sheree Hess, Max and Jaylynne Twiss.
Dakota attended Paul Elementary, West Minico and Minico High School. She was always an outstanding student who achieved high grades. But even more outstanding was the tender heart she took to school every day where she displayed kindness, acceptance and understanding to everyone that surrounded her. There are many whose lives were helped by the fact that Dakota was there, which meant they had a friend.
Dakota’s life was filled with good things, including her Young Women in Excellence Award which she was just finishing. She had just completed her senior project, which paid tribute to a fellow classmate who had also passed from this life too early. She was a referee for the city of Rupert and loved watching the kids play but would become very stressed by angry parents! Currently, she worked at the cafeteria at Minidoka Memorial Hospital and loved everyone she worked with.
She was prepared for her graduation this year and so excited about going on to bigger and better things. Her graduation came early, but we know she was prepared for acceptance in the Great Institution to which she ultimately aspired. Those of us remaining will continue our preparation and hope that one day we too will be accepted in that divinely appointed place where we can all be together forever.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at the Paul LDS Stake Center. Viewing for family and friends will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, also at the Paul LDS Stake Center. Services will conclude with burial in the Paul Cemetery under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Minico athletics.
Dakota touched so many lives in positive ways. She was a blessing to us and to the world in general. As difficult as it is to let her go, we do so with grateful hearts and immovable faith that there is a reason and a plan for all things. Dakota loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and did not doubt his love for her. One day, we will all be reunited, never again to be separated from those we love so much.