Malia Grace Peterson
Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service
343 North Shore Drive
Forest Lake, MN
Age 9 Of Forest Lake Went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 while surrounded by her loving family after a battle with stage 4 Wilm's (kidney) cancer. She is preceded in death by her grandpas, Mike Peterson and Canton Gullings. She will be dearly missed by her loving parents, Joseph and Annette (Matheson) Peterson; siblings, Madilyn, Marissa; grandparents, Carolyn Gullings, Merlyn and Vermae Matheson; and countless other family and friends. A Celebration of Malia's Life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 13, 2010 at Crossroads Covenant Church, 17445 Notre Dame Street NE, Forest Lake. Visitation will be 2:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake. Interment at Victor Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Published by Pioneer Press on Dec. 8, 2010.
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Thank you Annette and Joe for sharing your most amazing little girl and her battle with childhood cancer. This experience has left me with a deeper feeling for God and a better understanding of why. Annette and Joe must be two of the most amazing parents to have held up their family and marriage through the roughest of storms. Out of that storm came a beautiful rainbow named Malia who will remind us of her undying presence even though she is in heaven with her creator.
Shelly, John, Tommy and Abby Fox
Shelly Fox
December 14, 2010
I have heard about Malia through Stacy Hanson, on facebook. I lost my newborn son about 9 years ago and during that time my brother-in-law wrote a comforting poem. The words had to be from God himself because no human could have come up with such a powerful message. Sadly, my brother-in-law unexpectedly died almost 2 years ago and now sees our Bradley. I say all this because i would love to share the poem with you, which i have mentioned to Stacy. It gives me a feeling of joy to be able to know, that through the death of my son, a family might find comfort in words written. As soon as I can I will give the poem to Stacy. I know that there are few words that can ease the pain of your family so just know that I will ask for God to bring you all, continual comfort not just now but for months and years to come.
Tina Turnidge
December 14, 2010
Heaven has a beautiful new dancing angel...
kathy hanson
December 14, 2010
Lots of love and prayers to your family. I never knew Malia but have followed her story. She truly continues to be an inspiration to all!
Jen Perna
December 13, 2010
Deepest condolences to the Peterson family. Malia's strength over the last year is such an inspiration
Kristin Wilson
December 13, 2010
Praying for peace and God's hugs for your family.
Juile Anderson
December 13, 2010
Miss Malia changed hearts and formed relationships that were so very much in the likeness of Jesus. How blessed I am to have learned so many life lessons from her. My heart aches alongside you and also rejoices in the fact that we will all have that mountaintop gathering together one day. Much love, BIG hugs...
Amy Peterson
December 13, 2010
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." Our prayers are with your family at this time.
Chapeau Family
December 10, 2010
Dear Peterson family we are so very sorry to hear your little Malia has gone home to be with the Lord...some day we will all understand his plan and be together again...thoughts and prayers are with Ron,Lynn and April R. part of your Willowbrook family.
December 9, 2010
To Malias family, I would like to say how very sorry I am for the loss of your beautiful daughter. We never have met and my little son told me his teacher had told the class about her and I wanted to express my heartfelt sorrow for you all. Jesus Christ is caring for her until you come to be with her forever, God bless you all and my prayers are with you all.
Louise S
December 8, 2010
Dearest Peterson Family~

Words cannot express the hurt I have in my heart for you all. You don't know me, but I have followed Malia's story for a very long time. I have smiled along with each and every story that you shared with us and have also cried. The Heavens have received a beautiful angel. I hope to someday meet her so she my teach me the lessons of courage, bravery and living life to the fullest.
God Bless you all~ RIP sweet Malia
Krista Muccio
December 8, 2010
Peterson Family, I am sorry for you loss but joyous for Malia as she is with the Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. With love.
Cheryne Komro
Scandia Parent
December 8, 2010
We have net, but I share your sorrow at this sad time. She is free from her cancer. My mother and one of her sisters also died of cancer.

A Dad and Grandfather from Anoka
Ed Burns
December 8, 2010
To the Peterson family,
I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful little girl Malia. Jesus must of had something really important that only Malia could help with to of called her home so young. Find strength from family and lean on them.

God bless...

~ a mom
December 8, 2010
With our deepest condolences in your loss of Malia. Surely the Heavens have opened their arms and welcomed her with her big smile. Your comfort is knowing she will spend Christmas with Jesus this year. R.I.P. Malia

Marilyn & Russ Tacheny
(Peri Bell's grandparents)
Marilyn Tacheny
December 8, 2010
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