Miranda "Mandy" Terry


August 23, 1980 - August 27, 2017


Miranda "Mandy" Rae Gustafson Terry received her Angel Wings on Sunday, August 27th after a courageous 6 year battle with brain cancer. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Friday, September 1, 2017 at Mitchell Wesleyan Church. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Thursday, August 31, at Bittner Funeral Chapel.  

Mandy was born on August 23, 1980 at 5:29 am to Tamara Gustafson and Frank Mongold in Milbank, SD. Mandy was a 1998 graduate of Wilmot High School.  In high school she loved band and volleyball and working as a summer youth counselor at Lutheran camp.  She loved helping people.  She was the oldest child and spent a lot of time caring for and about her younger siblings.  For 37 years, Mandy was someone that everyone could count on.  Her life had many obstacles but she smiled in spite of the hardship and never lost sight of what was truly important.

She always had a positive attitude even when life wasn’t so kind.  Her smile was inviting and her laughter was contagious.  She was the kind of person you just wanted to be around.  Even when she wanted to cry, and she did sometimes, her tears would turn to laughter.  Mandy also loved positive expressions and would share them on her facebook page.  Although cancer was an ugly beast, she looked forward to being with her team – She often said, she couldn’t get through the tough days without Marci, Jody & Jess by her side when it was hard to hear what was to come next.  Mandy battled cancer with grace.  Up until her final hours she was talking about her next treatment options.  She never wanted to give up.  Her body just couldn’t keep up with her fighting spirit.

Her family and her role as a mother were the most important things to her.  It was through them that she would find her strength and leave her legacy.  Her son Mason was born on August 28, 2001 when Mandy was just 21.  She was excited for his arrival from the moment he was a possibility.  Mandy was so proud of her young man and frequently bragged about his brilliant writing and his kind heart.  In 2008 Mandy married and on December 28, 2009, another son Ty’Sean was born.  He was her happy, always smiling, Barney loving baby.  Mandy always said he had her smile, he is always concerned about other people and loves all sports.  When Mandy was 31 years old and 31 weeks pregnant, she was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Brain Cancer.  Her daughter Aiyanna was born on October 7, 2011, one day before Mandy would undergo her first brain surgery.  Aiyanna was her miracle baby and a fighter just like her mother.  She is a bright, bubbly, dancing, singing, curly haired bundle of energy.  She was Mandy’s sunshine.  She could not have made it through these last years without Deb Carlson so selflessly helping care for her kids.  She was Mandy’s Angel on Earth.

Mandy was born to be a mother and she was a great one.  She always wanted what was best for her children even when it meant putting her first born daughter Macy up for adoption because she knew she couldn’t give her what she needed at just 15.

Mandy’s love and caring extended beyond her children to her 10 year career at Life Quest.  It was never just a job for her; it was her family & support system.  She loved her co-workers and the people they supported.  They loved her too and she forged relationships and memories that will never be forgotten.  In 2016 Mandy was selected for Direct Support Professional for Life quest.  She was chosen by the people she supported, her co-workers and families.  It was an honor she felt humbled by.

In addition to her children Mason 16, TySean 7, Aiyanna  5, all of Mitchell, SD and Macy Pirlet 21, Sioux Falls, SD, Those grateful to have shared her life are her mother Tammy Minder, Mitchell, SD, Father Frank (Patti) Mongold, Luverne, MN, grandfather John Gustafson, Milbank, SD. Siblings Mitchelle (Nate) Reichling, Watertown SD, Mack Minder, Mitchell, SD, Mallory (Zack) Morey, Sioux Falls, SD, Taylor (Marissa) Mongold, Valley Springs, SD, Mara Mongold, Madisonville, KY.  Friends like family Marci (Scott) Pirlet, Sioux Falls, SD, Jody (Brian) Ninneman, Milbank, SD,  Jessica (Allen) Eckern, Watertown, SD, Deb Carlson, Mitchell, SD.  She will be missed by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and all that knew her and called her friend.  Mandy was received into Heaven by her grandmother, Karen Gustafson.


Thursday, August 31, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, September 1, 2017
1:00 PM
Mitchell Wesleyan Church
601 N Sanborn Blvd
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Troy Boysen on September 4, 2017
Although I unfortunately never met Mandy, I was privileged to speak with her and witness the beautiful interaction between her and her family and friends. While this is indeed a sad outcome, I'm heartened by the fact that her children have so many friends and family who care about them.
Posted by Deb Wells on September 1, 2017
Mt heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mandy. She was such an inspiration and she,will be missed! I worked with Mandy at Lifequest. She was the greatest!
Posted by Deb Wells on September 1, 2017
Mt heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mandy. She was such an inspiration and she,will be missed! I worked with Mandy at Lifequest. She was the greatest!
Posted by Cassie Wellnitz on September 1, 2017
Sorry I could not make the services . I would have loved to be there to say my goodbyes . Mandy you will be so missed by so many. I hope you knew how many hearts you touched and how many people you inspired. Love you my dear old friend! Until we meet again !
Posted by Jane Lammert Acree on August 31, 2017
Take Everyone's Love With You Mandy.
Know that it's yours always & forever.
Your love for them...will remain here
& will be theirs..forever & will give
them strength....here.
I admired from afar, the love shared. The bravery of everyone.
Prayers in the air to all!

Posted by Becky Fortney on August 31, 2017
Mandy me and my family was so glad we were able to get to know u u will be missed by so many people and your children your not suffering no more rest in peace Mandy
Posted by Larissa Moody on August 31, 2017
I will never forget the smiles and laughs we had together while she was at Brady! She sure touched every heart she came into contact with! You will be GREATLY missed by all!!!
Posted by Cindy Unruh on August 31, 2017
I had the pleasure of meeting Mandy in Feb 2017. My mother and Mandy had some good visits and laughs together at Brady. Every time I was at Brady, Mandy was always up beat and enjoyed her children visiting. I know my mother will miss her dearly. Our prayers are with Mandy's family and she will be missed by all.
Posted by Pat Cassutt on August 30, 2017
I first met you at Voborn's when you brought your clients in to do their weekly shopping. Then off to GBR went your children. You are an inspiration and positive role model to many . You are truly a Godsend to many. Rest In Peace Mandy as you are pain free! Heaven definitely has gained a wonderful angel. Hugs to your children and family.🙏💕
Posted by Darla schoenfelder on August 30, 2017
Mandy Rae, you were the brightest light to a dark day. your smile would bring joy to anyone that passes you in the halls at work. Even out in the community. Just passing by you the halls at school to pick up kids your always smiling. Your always so kind and sweet to everyone no matter what kindof day you were having. Mandy Rea you were such a kind sole you touch many lives your going to be deeply missed.
Posted by Shelly Robertson on August 30, 2017
I feel truly blessed to have gotten to know her. She had a very positive attitude and always had a smile to give. Lovely lady!
Posted by Rachel Eich on August 30, 2017
rest in Peace
Posted by Mallory Minder on August 30, 2017
Mandy is my oldest sibling, she was often mistake for my mom which is very fitting as she basically cared for me like a mother. We've shared many late night phone calls, talks about boys, vent about each other's days.
Posted by Judy Miiller on August 30, 2017
Mandy had such a contagious laugh and smile! She battled this ugly disease with grace and dignity! She always had a positive attitude even in her toughest days! You truly are an inspiration to so many! You are free of pain Mandy! God bless you lady! You will be missed!
Posted by Tamaka Lucas on August 30, 2017
Rest In Peace Mandy..You were the first friend I made when I moved to Mitchell.... It was a blessing getting to know you and I will always remember our talks...Until we meet again rest easy...
Posted by Linda Anderson on August 30, 2017
An amazing young lady. I had the privilege of working with her at Stony Brooke Suites in Watertown. She had that caring heart and infectious smile everyone is remembering. Mandy you touched so many by just being you. You will be missed,my friend.
Prayers for her children and family during this difficult time.
Posted by Sharon Beckmann on August 30, 2017
I briefly worked with Mandy and she always had a smile and a burst of energy yo get things done!!!! Rest In Peace Mandy ur not in pain anymore
Posted by Mavis Reichling on August 30, 2017
I only knew Mandy for a short time, but she always make people smile and laugh. Watch over us with your smile!
Posted by Cindy O'Donnell on August 30, 2017
Rest in peace Mandy...you and your smile were contagious and amazingly strong. Comfort and deepest sympathy to all her family and dear friends
Posted by Heather Faeth on August 30, 2017
Mandy Rae was an amazing person and always such a giving person as well. She would do anything for anyone if she could. And Mandy Rae will be missed by a lot of people! At least she can live without pain, cancer and all of the other things that go with it! Rest In Peace Mandy, you will never be forgotten.
Posted by Vera Musil on August 30, 2017
RIP Mandy Rae, you fought the good fight, you will be missed by many
Posted by Pam Haugh Stransky on August 30, 2017
RIP Mandy. You will be missed.
Posted by Sara Hilbrands-Will on August 30, 2017
Mandy's smile will never be forgotten! She will be missed dearly.
Posted by Jeaneth Larsen on August 30, 2017
She was my favorite person
Posted by Peggy Huber on August 30, 2017
Mandy was a one-of-a kind, tough angel. We feel so lucky to have met and worked with her so many years at LifeQuest. You developed many friendship along the way all the stories we could tell. Sympathy, love and prayers go out to you all that was a part of her life, we forever will remember that smile and that enjoyable laugh you shared. RIP Mandy, you put up a heck-of-a-fight!!!
Posted by Karen VanOverschelde on August 29, 2017
Oh Mandy Rae-so glad i got meet you and get to know you and the kids! Glad you are no longer in pain but everone will miss your smile and zest for life! Soar with the angels- show them how its done! RIP my friend!
Posted by Tammy Jo Fuerst on August 29, 2017
Mandy was inspirational to everyone who knew her! She was also an amazing mom!
Posted by Tammie Dreher on August 29, 2017
Mandy was an amazing person. I will miss you my friend!
Posted by Tammy Frost on August 29, 2017
Mandy, fly with the angels!! Your hearty laugh and contagious smile will be missed by all.
Posted by Michelle Brown on August 29, 2017
No matter what kind of day she was having, she always put everyone else's needs above her and had a smile. Will miss her laugh.
Posted by Shanda Bohn on August 29, 2017
RIP Mandy. You will be missed by so many. Thoughts, prayers and hugs to all her family and friends
Posted by Andrea Tjaden on August 29, 2017
What a beautiful soul Mandy was. She wad such a blessing. Prayers to all that are missing her.
Posted by Lana Briggs on August 29, 2017
My deepest sympathies to all who are dealing with the loss of Mandy
Posted by Laura Hagelin on August 29, 2017
Rest in peace Miranda. Your laugh and happiness will be missed love you
Posted by Amy Soderquist on August 29, 2017
Rest In Peace Mandy Rae. I Love You And I Will Miss You My Special Friend...
Posted by Jamie waldon on August 29, 2017
She was a wonderful person. She will be missed.
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