Dayna Buri Kindrick

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

2005 Dayna graduation pictureLover of people, fearless warrior, and free-spirited adventurer, Dayna Buri Kindrick left a hole in our hearts on April 6, 2018. It's hard not to smile when thinking about Dayna even in this time of intense sorrow. She entered the world on October 22, 1986 in Vallejo, California and brightened the world of her parents David and Dori. She was a brave and bodacious child, full of joy, laughter and music; a true joy-bringer!

Her early years were spent in California and she gained a life-long friend in her brother Jonathan who was born when she was 3. Her family moved to Washington when she was four, and she attended school in Colfax, Washington, Moscow, Idaho and graduated from Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, Washington where she was "Outstanding Musician" in her senior year. She lived with her “seester” Brittany in California and attended Citrus College, then transferred to University of Idaho where she studied international relations and Spanish.

Not one to sit still, Dayna began travelling the world with her full heart of love, her guitar and her backpack. From helping manage a hostel in Ireland to working on an organic farm in Antwerp, she never met a stranger and always saw people as more important than things. Her spiritual journey mirrored her worldly travels; wandering, inquisitive, questioning, and resulted in her renewed commitment to Jesus Christ.  Through the course of her illness, her faith continued to grow and inspire others. She loved unconditionally without reservation.

Her greatest day was in January of 2013 when Madeleine Jean made her entrance into the world, and Dayna was famous for quoting, "Maddie is the best thing I've ever done!" They had a mutual love affair and were two peas in a pod; Dayna said parenting was the hardest and best thing ever. Not long after Madeleine turned two, Dayna was diagnosed with Glioblastoma and given 6-8 months to live. In her typical fashion, she joined with her family and decided to pray, fight and believe for the miracle of seeing her baby girl turn 5. In the fall of 2015, she was named Single Mom of the Year and enjoyed a fabulous trip to Baton Rouge where she was celebrated.

Her journey was not an easy one; yet she fought for each and every miracle--and there were many. The miracle of friends and family, the miracle of a shrinking tumor, the miracle of travel and the miracle of the presence of God.

She found the love of her life while fighting brain cancer and married Kevin Kindrick in February of 2017. Although their life together was short, it was full of joy, laughter and love.

Dayna was a gift to the world--she laughed loudly and loved greatly. She made awesome playlists and cranked them loud while driving with all the windows down and hair blowing in the breeze. Her joyful presence will be missed by friends across the globe and especially by her family.

Her spirit will live on in the life of Madeleine, and she will be terribly missed by her husband Kevin and stepson Liam; her father and step mother, David and Becky Buri, her adoring mom and step-faj, Dori and William Richardson and her Grandma Gayle. She will be fondly remembered by her siblings and their families: Jonathan and Kelsey Buri, Jaap and Brittany Don, Brett Richardson and fiancé Spencer and Paul David Buri, along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. They will carry her love with them and share it with generations to come.

Everyone is welcome to her celebration of life to be held at Woodinville Alliance Church on April 28th at 2 pm. Dayna wanted her life to be celebrated—not mourned—so come dressed in colors to honor her wish. Memorial contributions may be made to Madeleine's education fund at Hope4Dayna, PO Box 1453, Duvall, WA  98019  

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