Evans Funeral Home
"Compassionate Funeral Service"
Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911
Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937
Mandy Lynn Hoyt age 45, of McHenry, ND passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side on the evening of March 4th, 2022 after a long courageous battle with cancer.
Mandy Lynn Baker was born April 9th, 1976 in Harvey, ND to Russell and Beryl Baker. Mandy’s childhood path took her from Harvey, to Fargo, to Finley and then in 1983 to Tolna, ND where the Baker family put down their roots. Mandy had a warrior spirit which was evident at a young age. Our mom and dad often tell the story of Mandy whipping cookies on her trike and being able to ride a bike without training wheels at the age of 2.5. Growing up, it was quickly evident that that small, feisty, little red head had some big talent on the basketball court. She was able to get some major playing time as an 8th grader on the varsity team for the Tolna Trojans, and eventually carried her team to the State Tournament during her senior year, where she received all state recognition. Some of Mandy’s best memories and friends who were often rivals first, came from basketball. We truly believe the basketball court is where her grit and determination was formed and carried her through and prepared her for the 5.5 year battle with cancer.
It was in May of 2003 when Mandy met Ryan Hoyt. It was love at first sight for Mandy, when she caught a glimpse of that mustache and his cowboy ways. “Oooooo La La” is what Mandy would say. They were married in McHenry, ND on October 8th of 2005. She started working at Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Tolna and continued working there until she was no longer able to. On July 2, 2009 Harlie Rae Hoyt was born to Mandy and Ryan, and on January 20, 2012 Logan Marie Hoyt was born and their family was complete.
You could always find Mandy at any sporting event of her own kids, nieces, or nephews. Family was the most important thing to Mandy in all the world. Mandy was truly in her happy place with her feet up in a lawn chair, sitting around a bonfire, visiting with her family at West Bay Heights.
After she was diagnosed with cancer, she was on a mission to “Live like she was Dying”. She was able to take her family to Nashville with the Jack and Jill Foundation, and to Orlando and Disney World on an Inheritance of Hope trip, two foundations she was very passionate about. She also was able to take a family cruise to the Caribbean where they were able to swim with dolphins.
Mandy loved the farm and was so happy when the girls asked to start raising goats and being active in 4H. She was proud of their farm and all the animals they cared for.
Mandy never felt bad or wondered “why her?” All she asked for was a chance to fight and to make memories with her family. She taught us that we didn’t have to look far to see someone who had it worse than her.
Mandy’s true calling in life was to be a mom. She never missed a single activity of her girls. She fought as hard as she did so she could be present at each and every single activity of Harlie and Logan’s. They have been the greatest gift she and Ryan were ever given. She was still at activities of theirs just 2 weeks before she passed away.
Ryan and Mandy truly lived out their vows in sickness and in health. Ryan took on the role of a wonderful care taker and devoted husband and father.
Mandy is survived by her loving husband of 16 years, Ryan, and their daughters Harlie (12) and Logan (10) of McHenry, ND. Parents, Russell and Beryl Baker of Tolna, ND. Sister Heidi, and Neil, Tyler, Brady, and Dottie Goss of Devils Lake, ND. Sister, Bobbi and Brian, Ellie, Nolan and Jessa Hoffman of Sutton, ND. Maternal Grandmother Eleanor Hoffer of Harvey, ND and paternal Grandfather Grant Baker Sr. of LaMoure, ND. Mother in law Sheila Hoyt of McHenry, ND. Countless other brother and sister-in-laws, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews. Lifelong and best friend Sheila Bolken of Grand Forks, ND and the Wolf Pack sisters, the Mund Girls.
Mandy was preceded in death by her maternal Grandfather Donald Hoffer, paternal Grandmother A. Carol Baker and Father-in-law Vernon Hoyt.
Thank you to the Altru Cancer Center, Dr. Dentchev, Mayo Clinic and all the family and friends who have showed Mandy all the love and support over the last 5 and a half years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to American Lutheran Church, Tolna, ND, Altru Cancer Center, Grand Forks, or Relay for Life.
A Visitation will be Thursday, from 9:00AM – 3:30PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington and will continue from 5:00PM-7:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at American Lutheran Church, Tolna, ND.
Mandy’s Funeral Service will be held Friday, March 11, 2022, at 11:00AM at American Lutheran Church, Tolna.
Her Burial will be at the Bethlehem Cemetery, McHenry, ND in the spring.
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