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Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
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Our beautiful “Pooh Bear” Sakara Louise Topp, age 25, of Onida, South Dakota, left this world behind by suicide when her “demons” just became too much for her shattered mind to process, on the afternoon of September 10, 2020.

Sakara Louise Larson was born to Tammy Lynn Larson in Jamestown, ND, on January 10, 1995. She was an absolute perfect beauty. Sakara and Tammy later joined forces with Lee James Topp at his residence in Grace City, ND. On April 10, 2000, she welcomed her chubby, smiley baby brother, Brayden Wallace Topp into their family. Like any great sister, she showered her brother with love and an occasional punch! They grew up to share an incredible bond. Lee and Tammy were married on August 4, 2001, but later divorced in 2011. On September 2, 2003, Lee made Sakara one of the happiest little girls in the world when he legally made her his own; plus, she was excited that her last name finally matched everyone else’s. Lee remarried Nikki Olson on October 4, 2014. 

Sakara attended grade school at Midkota Elementary in Binford, ND, and high school at Midkota High in Glenfield, ND. She was active in basketball and volleyball. She loved to play and compete, but she especially loved the bond she shared with other players on the team and all the fun memories they made at practices and on bus rides. 

Sakara’s sports career was cut short when our baby girl welcomed her own baby boy, Kadyx Loren-Ray Topp, into this world on June 20, 2011. Being a teenage mom and finishing high school were tough, but armed with some dedicated helpers, she graduated with her class, with honors, and college credits in May 2013. 

Sakara and Kadyx moved to South Dakota in 2013. She attended one semester of college at SDSU, but found she just wasn’t ready for college yet. She lived in Brookings, South Dakota, until 2019. It was while she was in Brookings that we started to notice, her inner “demons” (as she referred to them) began to grab hold of her, and when we started to notice her struggle with alcohol as well, a suspected maladaptive coping technique. 

In 2019, she moved to Onida, SD, to be closer to her mom, Tammy and her mom’s fiancé, Kevin Thibodeau, for moral supports and to help with her little man, Kadyx, while she worked on getting the help she needed. She worked at Don’s grocery store and started counseling at Capital Area Counseling in Pierre, SD. She soon decided to go to treatment at a facility in Montana, with the support of her entire family, in the summer of 2020. She did very well for a short time, but her inner demons returned with vengeance and this time they walked away with her life. 

Her family asks that you remember Sakara, not by the action that took her life, but by her amazing smile and kind and generous heart. She left us all far too soon, but left us with some amazing memories. Cherish those memories and hold them close to your heart. Remember her with love and compassion. 

Sakara is survived by her amazing little man, Kadyx, and her beloved fur baby, Missy, Onida, SD; her mom and step-dad, Tammy Topp and Kevin Thibodea, Onida, SD; her dad and step-mom, Lee and Nikki Topp, Grace City, ND; brother, Brayden Topp, Carrington, ND; step-brother, Ryan McGregor and daughter Brynley, Fargo, ND; step-brother Jaden McGregor and Mikaela Carlson, Fargo, ND; step-sister, Siehera Thibodeau and fiancé Anthony Behr, Sioux Falls, SD; step-brothers Kevin Thibodeau, Brookings, SD, and Kyle Thibodeau, Toronto, SD; grandparents, Ray and Patricia Topp, Grace City, ND; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

She was preceded in death by grandparents, Loren and Lavon Larson, who were there to welcome her with open arms and a ready hug.


Her Visitation will be Thursday, September 17, 2020, 9:00AM-4:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington, and will continue at from 6:00PM 7:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington.

Funeral Service will be held Friday, September 18, 2020 at 2:00PM at Midkota High School, Glenfield, ND.

Burial will be at the Grace City Cemetery, Grace City, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Tammy and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all, there are no words to take the pain away. I know your Mother and Father were there with open arms to welcome her home. If there is anything we can do or if you just want to unload I’m here for you. Love you and hope the days get easier.

  2. Sakara was really a wonderful person. I loved the few years I got to work with her and getting to know Kadyx. My heart goes out to you all and I hope you find some peace. She will always be remembered for how funny and sweet she was. A hard worker and determined to give Kadyx her very best. We will miss you sweet girl. Rest easy.

  3. I am so sorry to hear of this happening.

  4. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  5. I got the pleasure of meeting Sakara this Summer in MT. So sorry to hear of her passing and pray for all her loved ones. esp her little Boy she talked so much about. RIP Sakara, you rest now babygirl.

  6. With very sad and heavy hearts we extend to you all our deepest sympathy. What a Beautiful remembrance of her❤ As you said so well, and too many of us know the pain you are dealing with, the end does Not define her!!! Treasure every beautiful memory of her short life. Know that it was more than she could bear, and she is at peace and with Jesus. Big Hugs to all of you. Blessed be the memory of your beautiful loved one. Prayers for healing as you journey through this huge life change. God Bless you all💞

  7. Beautiful girl with a big heart. I will remember “Kara” with love. She has a special place in my heart and will be dearly missed. My prayers to the whole family.

  8. Sending thoughts and prayers to Sakara’s family ❤️

  9. Tammy/Lee and family! my prayers and thoughts go out to you all. May the Lord be with you all, and help you get through this trying time God Bless Reach out to the one and only our Savior A-men

  10. I’m so very sorry for your loss, my son went to high school with her briefly when we lived in Grace City. Thank you for your braveness in this beautifully written memorial.


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