Leita June Twyeffort
Leita June


Leita June Twyeffort was called home to heaven on Sunday, March 30, 2008. Born in Lawton, OK, she graduated from high school in Albuquerque, NM before marrying Mark Twyeffort in 1969. They had Marleta in Albuquerque, and moved to Nevada in 1976. Mark and Leita dedicated nearly twenty years to providing loving care to foster children in their Sparks home. Both Brandon and Steven came to them as foster children before Mark and Leita adopted them as their own. Leita was always involved in the Nazarene church and played the organ joyously for years before her health wouldn't allow her to do so. Even after her cancer diagnosis, Leita loved and encouraged people with letters and calls.

Leita is survived by husband, Mark Twyeffort; sons, Brandon and Steven Twyeffort; daughter, Marleta Fong, married to Erik Fong and grandsons, John Wood and Drew Fong. A service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at the Sparks First Church of the Nazarene, 2200 El Rancho Dr., Sparks, NV, 89431.

She lived a gracious, generous life, and will be missed by all who knew her.

Published by The Reno Gazette Journal and Lyon County News Leader from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2008.
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Mark, Marleta, Brandon, Steven, Stan,
It was a privilege to be with you this past week. Midnight conversations with Leita - her tuneful, crisp voice -- going to bat for you, for me. If you will run for me, I will bat for you too. Love, Ant Min
Min Houts
April 7, 2008
Leita was by far one of the most caring people I have had the pleasure of meeting. She will be greatly missed!
Brad Rose
April 6, 2008
After being out of town for over a week I just read the news about Leita. To her family, I am so sorry for your loss. But I also rejoice with you that she has now been totally healed and is in the presence of her Heavenly Father.
Sam Faraone
April 6, 2008
Father God:
All of Leita's friends, like ourselves, are grateful that she not only lives on in eternity with you, but that she remains on earth through all of our great memories of her. Our primary concern now is that you give deep comfort to Mark, Stan, and Min plus Leita and Mark's children. They need the strength only you can provide. Bob and I pray for these things in the name of Jesus who is Leita's Savior. Amen
Judy Neal
April 4, 2008
Mark - Leita has been my favorite cousin and I am going to miss her greatly. During all of her battles with cancer and other health problems, she was still encouraging others (as well as myself). Her trust in God to help her on a daily basis and her ability to praise him even during the tough times were an inspiration to me. I know that she is now rejoicing in heaven.

May God give you strength and encouragement in these days ahead. May He give you wisdom to guide your family and may all your childen join her one day in heaven.
Don Unruh
April 4, 2008
Dear Mark and Family:
I first met Leita when I went to college. She was positive and a great encourager. I think she remained that way to the very end. Her focus was eternal and I look forward to seeing her in heaven. May the peace of God that passes all understanding sustain you in the coming days.
Annietta Unruh
April 4, 2008
Even though I know Leita is Home, I was saddened to learn of her passing. Her whole being sparkled, and there is no doubt that those who knew and loved her will feel her absence. I am so glad the two of you had each other and that your love overflowed to so many others. May God's arms hold you and yours close.
Joyce Lankford Allman
April 4, 2008
Dear Stan and Min,
My memory of your sister, Leita, is so special. She was a delight to know. I well remember the trip to International Institute at Estes Park, CO. A group of us from the NM District stopped at The Waffle House in Colorado Springs. Leita ordered 3 waffles by mistate instead of 3 pancakes. It was so funny, we never have forgotten it.

I was very saddened to learn of Leita's passing; but am so thankful for her devout Christian life. We will meet again.

Wynona (Nona) Burkhart
Wynona Burkhart
April 3, 2008
Leita was one of my favorite "older" teenagers. I liked her because she was so funny; so loving; a contagious smile and laughter. The angels with laugh with her, I'm sure.
Dee Ann "Dee Dee" Burkhart
April 3, 2008
Family and Friends,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts of Leita with me. We had a wonderful time together and it seemed far too short. Thank you also for your prayers that have sustained us so far. The boys are doing OK and Marleta is such a big help and comfort.
Mark Twyeffort
April 3, 2008
I count Leita as a very special friend. Leita had an uplifting effect on anyone and everyone who spent time with her. The last time i spoke with Leita, she was filled with encouragement and hope. Her hope is now realized and I look forward to seeing her face to face again. May God Bless the Family, you are in our prayers.
Ron Hutchison
April 3, 2008
Stan and Min and other members of the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Leita was allways the "sparkplug" for any meeting we had in the Albuquerque Church. I well remember her cheerful manner and loving ways. God Bless
Sonia Silvania
April 3, 2008
Mark: We will all miss Leita and her caring spirit. Even when she did not feel well she was concerned about others in need. I remember the lady she sent me to visit in ElDoradoKansas. This was typical of her sweet spirit and her concern for others. We ill miss her here also. Gary
Gary Unruh
April 3, 2008
Dear Houts & Twyeffort families,
What a sweet, caring, positive, and Christ-like spirit Leita had throughout her valiant fight. She was always such an inspiration and a great friend to our family. I picture her now smiling her beautiful smile and laughing in Heaven with those gone before her. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Much love,
Brenda (Robb) Sanchez
April 3, 2008
Marleta and Family,
My heart and prayers are with you. Please know you are loved.
Michelle Parsons
April 3, 2008
To the Family,
I so enjoyed getting to connect with you just before Leita's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
Janet Hill
April 3, 2008
Dear Mark & Family,
Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Leita, I know she was a precious gift in your lives. The memory of many wonderful years will fill your hearts with her loving spirit.
Connie Ihringer
April 3, 2008
To the family:
Leita was like a big sister to all the girls, when we were teenagers at Los Altos. Her love for God and her sweet smile, will be a memory forever. Our love and prayers are with you all.
Wendy (Lanoue) Riggan
Wendy Riggan
April 3, 2008
It's been said that our lasting legacy in life is how we make a difference in the lives of those we come in contact with. Relatives and friends for sure..but even hospital employees and neighbors have expressed how they've been touched by her. I guess it's true.."you don't know what you you've got 'till it's gone."Had a great long phone conversation last monday night.( she was NOT cut out for E/M...I finally gave up on that one )but boy...did she have the phone figured out...as I look back...what a blessing in disguise,huh?)..then...one week later..saying our "goodbyes" and "see you laters." Never thought I'd really miss getting those calls..
Stan Houts
April 3, 2008
Leita was very special and will be missed by all who knew and loved her. My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this time of loss.
George Hutchison
April 2, 2008
Dear Twyeffort Family,
I best remember Leita as a happy bubbly teen that was so talented on the piano and organ. She was a beautiful person with a heart of gold. I guess they must needed a new organist in heaven. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Starr Dumas
April 2, 2008
Mark & family,
We have been separated by many miles for many years but our childhood, youth and early married years come rushing back as I reflect on them. Her cheerful spirit and encouragement to me and others though every treatment have taught me so much and the Godly wisdom she shared was a true testimony of God's amazing grace in adversity. Thank you Mark for the devotion and love you gave especially this last year. Leita's memory will remain in my heart.
My love and prayers are with all of you.
Mary Loewen
April 2, 2008
It is with great sadness but eternal joy to know that Leita is with the Father above. Leita won a special place in the Father's heart because of her loving, compassionate, Christ-like spirit with everyone that she meet. We all will miss her loving spirit. But we know she has gone to a far greater place and she is going to be cheering us on. With love we wait that great resurrection day to be with her and Christ forever. Your friend in Christ Earl McClellan
Earl McClellan
April 2, 2008
I am praying the Lord's comfort and blessing for you and "the kids". Leita left a tremendous legacy in her family, and anyone who spoke for even a moment with her realized the joy of her life, Christ and family. What a blessing. Much love and many prayers during these days. We will see you this weekend.
Cathie & Stan
Catherine Houts
April 2, 2008
Mark and family, Leita was a special person and friend to me but I know that God had first claim on her. I look forward to seeing her again!!
Evelyn Burton
April 2, 2008
She is with God where she is healty and live again after such a long illness. Sorry we can't be with the family just to far away.
Richard/Eva Dwyer
April 2, 2008
Oh, my Precious only niece~ How I will miss your cheerful little voice on the telephone. I know you are enjoying the Heaven we so frequently talked about.I love you so much~
Anna Lee Unruh-Takemire
April 2, 2008
You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Leita will live on in our hearts because she lovingly gave so much of herself to encourage others in the Lord. There were times when I tried to encourage her, but she encouraged me instead and I will never forget that or her.
The Fries Family
Patricia Fries
April 2, 2008
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