Manya Jewel JOHNSON
Age 32 of St. Paul passed away on January 6th, 2013 Manya was born on June 19th,1980 and is survived by parents Terrance and Bonnie Twite of Dodge Center, MN and her beautiful son Oliver, who was the apple of her eye. Manya is also survived by her brothers Tylar, Andrew, Nick, and sister Leah, as well as countless other family members and close friends. A graduate of Triton High School in Dodge Center, MN, Manya continued on to get her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and a Master's degree in counseling psychology from Bethel University. Manya had a successful career at Target until her passing. A celebration of Manya's life has been planned for Saturday January 19th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at Woodbury High School Auditorium in Woodbury, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be donated to her son Oliver at

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Published by Pioneer Press on Jan. 17, 2013.
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Many a you could light up a room like no other! Your beautiful smile has been passed on to your beautiful son!
Dinorah Bond
January 11, 2021
Terrr, Bonnie and family,
We think of you often and are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. We will forever remember the little girl with the contagious smile.

Barb and Dan Hurley and family
February 28, 2015
Remembering Manya today. I miss her brilliant humor and her wildly inclusive, loving heart. Blessings to all her dear ones, especially the Twite family and Oliver.
January 6, 2014
I think about you folks so often and pray that you are healing from your horrible loss. I know it will never go away but know that so many people are thinking of you often and praying for your family. Sending love to your family and especially thoughts and prayers for Little Oliver. I know it is beyond his understanding to have lost his parents. I thank God that he has his loving extended family to raise, guide and love him. He is a blessed little boy in so many ways. Love you Twite Folks!
Carolyn Schmelzer
January 6, 2014
To Manya's family,
One year later, we have not forgotten her. We never will forget. Her caring open heart, her loving ways are a tribute that will live on forever through those she loved. Praying for your peace.
Cristina Shields
January 5, 2014
Manya is in Heaven! We all miss her, but we will all see her again someday!
August 6, 2013
Manya rest in peace. I think about your family everyday.
Dinorah Woodmnsee
August 1, 2013
We loved Manya, she was part of our family. We miss her very much. The Johnson family
Pamela Johnson
April 7, 2013
Manya was my sister in law and she was loved by all of us. We miss her so much.
Pamela Johnson
April 7, 2013
Prayers of healing to all who knew and love this extraordinary woman.
May God be with you all.
March 14, 2013
Life gives some terrible twists. To the entire Twite family, I have deepest sympathy for you, especially Mom and Dad Twite -- I miss you guys. I know by the entries that you have many friends and Manya had many friends who loved her. I hope for the best for little Oliver. One day at a time through your grief. With Love, Anne.
Anne Schulte Falken
January 27, 2013
Love you Manya and treasure our memories from PLU. I have been and will continue to be praying for Oliver and family.
Shannon Renich
January 25, 2013
I only knew Manya from afar. She was a frequent presenter at our departmental meetings. And every time she was at the podium, the room lit up. She had such warmth, charisma and energy that our team fell in love with her instantly. And every one in the room instantly knew how special she was. She was someone who could make complete strangers smile ... and remember what's important in life. She was a gift to the world. And to the amazing family that gave Manya to us, thank you for bringing such a beautiful light into the world. I will never forget her, or the example she set.
January 24, 2013
Manya was a good friend very bubbly and full of life. Manya I believe you are resting peacefully at the bosom of our Lord Jesus.
January 22, 2013
Manya --student,friend, actress, bright, beautiful, kind, full of wonder, making the sun shine for all who were around her radiant spirit. You brought a smile to me every day I saw you. Your star is the brightest in the heavens, still lighting up the lives of all of us who had the honor of being touched by you. Thank you for enriching my life with your spirit.May your family and friends find the peace that God has promised them.
Judy Lewis
January 21, 2013
lovely service. thank you for allowing us to begin healing as a group who loved Manya. She truly is an amazing soul. Love and prayers to family and friends, this is a hard one to deal with. I love that crazy kid--thank you manya for being you.
kerrie edgeton
January 21, 2013
To the family and friends of Manya, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you are somehow able to find peace and comfort in the days and years ahead. I have been in so many different circles of friends over the past few weeks that knew Manya and all are so deeply saddened. Blessings to you.
Kellie Mueller
January 20, 2013
Blessings to Manya and her family. She was a beautiful person who made everyone's life better with her smile. And although she is gone too soon, she is going to be the best guardian angel ever.
Jessica Hauls erg
January 19, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Manya Johnson and precious little Oliver. I worked at Medtox so I have heard alot about Oliver so I feel I know him. I hope this is something he will forget but always remember the love his mother had for him.
Danette Krosko
January 19, 2013
Dear Twite family, Manya's inner beauty was reflected in her smile. This sad twist will never be understood while on this earth, we only know God is good, and loves! Our deepest sympathy. Custer family, OHIO
Bob & Midge Custer
January 19, 2013
Dear Manya's family,
My deepest sympathies for your loss. I'm sure you know by now how much Manya was loved by her friends and colleagues at Target. I feel fortunate to have worked with her; she continues to inspire me in both my personal and professional life. May you find peace during this difficult time.
Susanne Johnson
January 19, 2013
Our deepest sympathies to you Oliver and the Twite family. May the "peace that passeth all understanding" be with you always through these very tough times and always in the new, good times that surely will be ahead.
Duane and Corinne Schieck
January 19, 2013
I had the priveledge to go to school with Manya. She was a year older than me. I remember her being such a nice person. Not once has she ever treated anyone different than another. Its beyond tragic on what happened to her but thank you Manya for bringing such a beautiful child into this world to carry on your memory!
January 19, 2013
My daily prayers have and will continue forg her parents, her brothers and sister and all of the entended family. Manya is and will continue to be a "beacon of light" now and forever.
With deep sympathy,
Eleanor Granger OSF,
January 19, 2013
Please accpet this note of unmeasurable sadness,and love, JillEllen
Jill Ellen Kelly
January 19, 2013
Manya's family, friends and her precious little Oliver will continue to be in my heart and in my thoughts. Manya's beautiful soul, her compassion, and her bright light that brought joy to others, continue on in her little boy.
January 18, 2013
I had the joy of working with Manya when she was a student at PLU. Her smile, care, and humor are indelible in my memory and I ache to know that her beautiful son will know her only through stories. Thankfully she changed many lives during her own too short one, and others can carry her joy onward with and for him. Peace to her family and close friends.
Kathleen Farrell
January 18, 2013
Manya radiated energy, creativity and passion and had a smile that made her sparkle. I pray that her family and friends find comfort and courage in the loving memories of this beautiful woman, and that Oliver is forever wrapped in the warmth of her eternal spirit.

A Target friend,
Meaghan Carpenter
January 18, 2013
Please accept our sympathies for your loss. Manya will always be remembered by us. This is so difficult. She was such a wonderful person.
Pat and Kathy Day
January 18, 2013
We deeply loved and miss Manya and want to send our heartfelt sympathy to all her family and friends. We will never forget her. We look forward to the day when we will be re-united in heaven.
We are praying for peace for the family and send our love to our precious Oliver.
Stephanie Rappe on behalf of the Roger Johnson family
Stephanie Rappe
January 18, 2013
I am so very sorry for you loss. I do not know you or your family, but feel wanted to pass along my condolences, especially to that beautiful little Oliver! May Manya rest in peace and I know you will see her again someday. God Bless You!!!! Dana
Dana Andersen
January 18, 2013
Manya was a source of light in so many lives. She was someone whom many people told me that I needed to meet long before I ever had the gift of doing so. She truly radiated joy, had a quick & hearty laugh, and was both deeply kind and fabulously spunky. I am blessed to have known Manya, and I'm grateful that her legacy lives on in the many people who loved her.
Malia Freeburg
January 18, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the Twite family and Oliver. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dan Schetinski
January 17, 2013
Deepest sympathies for the Twites & all who loved Manya.
Kelsey Roberts
January 17, 2013
Bonnie, Terry and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Please know the Brownsville community is mourning your loss as well.

We have beautiful memories of Manya, and her deep darling dimples, coming to our home to play as a little girl. Thank you for sharing her with us, and allowing us to get to know her charming personality.

Barb and Dan Hurley and family
Barb Hurley
January 17, 2013
Condolences to the Twite family and all who knew Manya. You are in my thoughts.
Gretchen Cooper
January 17, 2013
Manya and I worked together at Target. She was always smiling and had a warmth about her that was contagious. I am so deeply sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for strength to move forward. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Rachel Charak Carlson
January 17, 2013
Until today I didn't know Manya's middle name was Jewel. How wonderfully perfect -- her brilliant light was always reflecting out to all of us. She will be missed for all the joy that she brought into this world...we are all better for knowing her. With a heavy heart for your loss. A previous Target colleague,
Pamela Ann Meier
January 17, 2013
Manya was a bright light that simply dimmed too soon! I was a former colleague of hers at Target and so enjoyed her energy and spirit. Many blessings to her family during this sad and difficult time. May her legacy continue in the soul of her precious little boy. Peace to all!
Robbin Walker
January 17, 2013
To the family of Manya
My husband and I live in the neighborhood where Manya spent the last 2 plus years. We never met her and now I wished we had. Our hearts ache for the pain you must feel. I keep thinking the dear Lord reached down and took her to help her escape from enduring pain that she shielded from all that loved her. Peace to your family and that very precious Oliver.
The Pribyls
January 17, 2013
May god bless Manya and I pray she is now a beautiful angel who will watch over her precious baby boy.
January 17, 2013
So sad....
January 17, 2013
Manya has a beautiful, creative spirit that lives on. My deepest condolences to the family for this profound loss. Manya's way of living, communicating and being has formed wonderful things in my own character.
Suzanne Chinnock
January 17, 2013
I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Manya at Target, Vadnais Heights. She was an inspiration with her caring and thoughtfulness. She always had such a great smile and genuine warmth.She was a Light to all of us. May God Bless you and protect you and help you to find peace during this difficult time.
Connie Barbeau
January 17, 2013
Manya was, simply put, a beautiful person and a light that shined bright. I had the pleasure to work with her and mentor her in her career at Target. I will always remember her smile and ability to light up a room. Please know the wonderful impact that she had on the many people she touched...such a great legacy. May God grant you peace during this so very difficult time.
Rachel Reichenbach
January 17, 2013
I have known and loved Manya's family for over 50 years. I can not imagine a more wonderful family, and I am at a loss for why this happened to their beautiful daughter..I never had the honor or meeting Manya, but knowing her family makes me love her and mourn her passing. God be with the entire Twite family and especially Little Oliver. He is a beautiful child so deserving of having his mother in his life.
Carolyn Schmelzer
January 17, 2013
There is so much tragedy in our world....but in the tragedy are shining glimmers of beauty.... things that remind us to slow believe when belief eludes find moments of peace when our world lays in tatters at our share our love and reach out to those who are in need.....and to remember what really, truly matters to us at our core.

Our hearts are bleeding for your family. Our minds can only flicker at the depths of the pain you are feeling. We send love....we send light....we send the wish that within the pain you can find moments of stillness....a momentary respite.

Your story has become a page in our story. We are touched and impotent.

Love & Light
The Brakebill-Hackes
The Brakebill-Hackes
January 17, 2013