In Memory of




Obituary for Dawna Stella Ireton

Dawna Stella Nilsson Ireton passed away on February 12, 2024 from a sudden illness. She has transitioned to another dimension and we know that she would not want us to grieve for her but rather to celebrate her life and continue on in love and support of each other.

Dawna was born to Fay and Ruby Nilsson in Blackfoot, Idaho on April 21, 1961. She joined a blended family that would eventually have 8 children total. Dawna graduated from Snake River High School in 1979 and later moved to Twin Falls where she worked and attended classes at the College of Southern Idaho. There she was a free spirited, guitar playing goddess who bumped into a local boy named Kent, who was instantly smitten. The attraction was mutual and soon transitioned into a beautiful friendship and lifelong bond. They were married on August 15, 1981.

Dawna and Kent started their joint life together in Boise, Idaho where Dawna led a very fulfilling professional life. She worked mostly in mortgage banking, including West One and Idaho Housing.

A work opportunity for Kent led them to Anchorage, Alaska in 1993 where they quickly bonded with Dawna's Nilsson cousins and made many lifelong friends. There Dawna worked for Alaska Pacific University in the donations department and enjoyed this very much. Dawna and Kent's daughter, Amanda, was born in 1996 and was the light of her mama's eye. The family enjoyed many good years in Alaska with camping trips, fishing, gold panning, whale watching and so many other unique experiences.

In 2004, Dawna experienced a near-death health incident, and the family decided to move back to Twin Falls Idaho. There we would spend more time with family on both sides, reconnect with old friends, and make many wonderful new friends.

Dawna was known to many as "Dawna Mama". With nieces and nephews, and all of Amanda's friends, she took them under her wings, supporting them and loving them unconditionally.

If you knew Dawna, you know what a beautiful, bright, creative and spiritual soul she was. She loved her friends and family deeply and built her life around helping others wherever she could. The minute you got close to her, you were going to get a hug. She hugged everyone. Even though she considered herself an introvert, she could easily make an instant connection with a random person, maybe just standing in line at a grocery store or waiting at a doctor's office. People were always drawn to her positive energy.

As family and friends we are devastated, but we will find a way to go forward with her loving energy and spirit always around us. There will be a service on Saturday 2/17, at 11:00 a.m. at White-Reynold's Funeral Chapel in Twin Falls. Please join us in a celebration of Dawna's life. Feel free to wear causal dress and bright colors in the spirit of happiness. There will also be a live stream video if you can't be there in person.

In lieu of any flowers or gifts, we encourage you to plant a flower, a tree, or bush in Dawna's memory or to make a donation to your favorite charity in her name. Dawna loved the ocean and whales and a charity she would support is the Pacific Whale Foundation