Her dad was from Crookston.

Marissa Dyrdal, 16, of Grand Forks, ND passed away on Friday, April 26th, 2013 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.

    Marissa Leigh Dyrdal was born on February 4, 1997 in Denver, CO. She is the daughter of Jamie Dyrdal and Brigette Becker. Marissa grew up in East Grand Forks where she attended East Grand Forks Senior High School.  In January of 2013 she transferred to Red River High School in Grand Forks.

    Marissa lived at home with her mother Brigette, brother Nick, and special friends Chris and Taylor Davis and Mr. Raleigh (her doggy). She spent a lot of time with her family and friends; she rarely missed birthday parties as she loved cake, ice cream and visiting. She was there to meet new cousins and friends as they entered this world, and she was there to say goodbye to a few as they left. She loved music and dancing and had the gift of turning any situation into a party. Marissa treasured attending the concerts of her favorite musicians.

    Marissa had an infectious personality, a smile that could light up a room, and her laughter was contagious. She was a true example of being a child of God. With a heart as big as this world, the touch of her petite little hand in a time of need and her hug when she greeted you, made you feel like you were the only person in the world. Her love--so precious.

    Marissa was a Wii bowling rock star (just ask anyone who played against her). More than anything she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was known for her “let’s just sit and have a little visit” invites, talking on the phone, and her typical teenager “whatever” with the roll of her eyes.  She will be missed dearly and remembered always.

    Loving family members of Marissa include her mother: Brigette (Chris Davis), brother: Nicholas, special “sister”: Taylor Davis, all of Grand Forks, ND.  Grandparents include: Grandma Myrna, Crookston, MN; Kathy and Garland Swain, Pittsburg, MO; Carl (Cheryl Scott) Becker, Charleston, SC;  Lloyd Dyrdal, Thief River Falls, MN; Aunts and uncles include: Melissa (Tim) Nelson, Brainerd, MN; Brent (Sarah) Dyrdal, Brainerd, MN; Tony (Liz) Dyrdal, Willmar, MN; Liz (Brian) Wolcott, Lakeland, FL; Chris Becker, Baton Rouge, LA. Cousins include: Faith, Ella, Brady, Chloe, Lauren and Philip; along with many friends.

    Marissa is preceded in death by her father: Jamie; uncle: Jason Dyrdal, and great-grandparents: Melvin and Gladys Bakken.

   The funeral service was held May 1 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in East Grand Forks.