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Molly Grace  Matthews
  • Special Olympics-Area 16
    C/O Western Michigan University
    4024 Student Recreation Center,
    Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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“Kelly and family,I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Molly. She always brought a smile to my face whenever you came in to see us. That is an...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: "Miss" Beth Moore - Rochester, NH

“Dear family of the Purple Angel, I would like to say I am so sorry for your loss. I do not know you, but as a nurse I find myself looking at the...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Kelly, Ian and family,So sorry to hear of your loss. We are all praying for God to give your family comfort during this time. Love,Al and Millie ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Al and Millie Pallone - Emerson, GA

“Praying for strength and understanding for you and your family during your time of grieving. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Germaine Milliner

“The entire Plew family sends our healing prayers and most heartfelt condolences everyone whose lives that Molly touched. Heavan gained a very special...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Crystal Plew - St Joseph, MI

“Kelly and IanI'm so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful little girl. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. ...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: KIM MASTROIANNI - Wallingford, CT

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very sad time! Thank you for sharing a bit about Molly, AKA your little PURPLE princess. Beth...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Beth Stoller - Trumbull, CT

“I am going to miss my hugs from my little Molly "Malone"....she was always so happy to see me!! Sweetest little soul. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Candy Grana - Wallingford, CT

“May you get through each day knowing your sweet, beautiful little girl is now your true angel watching you from above. While I do not know your...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Tracy B - Wallingford, CT

“To the Matthew's family, The picture of your beautiful daughter hit my heart!! Purple was always a favorite color of mine. Molly will be your...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Patti Langella - Wallingford, CT

“Frank and families - we are so very sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.Stacey & companyInnovative Tax & Accounting Group, Inc. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Stacey Zerrenner - Brookfield, CT

“I' am so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. I hope that time heals and her memory...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Aric Nunes - Chicopee, MA

“Frank and families....our deepest sympathy for your loss....she is in great hands and will always be loved. Your family at Charter Communications,...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Sherri Nelson - Newtown, CT

“My mother, Anna, and I visited Maggie & Terry James (and Meghan Matthews) on Labor Day 2016 in St. Joseph. Ian & Kelly Matthews were staying at the...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Chris Janowicz - FARMINGTON, MI

“To the Matthew & Pallone Family's, My heart aches for you all. I am so very sorry for your huge loss. May she Rest In Peace. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Taylor - Bpt, CT

“I only knew Molly for a short time but she touched my heart. All the bus drivers at Climax-Scotts was very touched by her. We are thinking of all...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Robin Eyre - Climax, MI

“Rest in Heaven, sweet girl.The Physician's and staff at Pediatrics, P.C. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Laura Anderson - Portage, MI

“Cherish the memories and time you shared. All our love and prayers for you, Ian and Kelly. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Patty Dyer-Powers - Wallingford, CT


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Molly Grace Matthews of Portage, MI


Purple. Our little Princess loved purple. Anything PURPLE! Purple toys, purple clothes, purple juice! And now she plays in the folds of the royal purple robes of her Super Hero and best friend, Jesus.

Our precious angel, Molly Grace went to Heaven early on Saturday morning, November 5, 2016 at the age of 3 ½ years.

She had been taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI where a valiant attempt was made to save her life. Our family wishes to thank all of the first responders, nurses, doctors, clergy and all those who stepped in to lend a hand, an ear or a prayer. Your kindness touched us in ways we can never comprehend.

Now that Molly is in heaven, she has taught the Angels her favorite dance, "The Juicy Bootie", she is cloud hopping and giggling with her new friends and she is enfolded by a love that is so encompassing that we as humans can not begin to know its power.

Molly Grace, the daughter of Ian J. and Kelly M. (Pallone) Matthews, was born in Newport News, VA on February 14, 2013 and moved to Kalamazoo in 2016. She was in Mr. Hill's class at Comstock North Elementary where she loved and smiled at everyone she came in contact with.

Her little Brother Derek Paul, "De De" (16 months) was the love of her life and he misses his "Sissy" terribly.

Other's surviving to cherish Molly's memory are her Paternal Grandparents, Paul (Kathy) Matthews of Scotts, MI, Maggie (Terry) James of St. Joseph, MI. Maternal Grandparents, Frank (Cathie) Pallone of Derby, CT., and Judy (Tim) Matthews of Wallingford, CT;
Aunts, Meghan Matthews/God Mother of Portage and Rebecca (Doug) and Cousin Evie Dircks of Chicago, IL; Uncles, Mike/God Father (Laura) and Cousin Gigi Pallone of East Haven, CT. and Matt Sikkema of Kalamazoo, and an extended family too numerous to list.

Molly's family will greet friends on Sunday, November 13, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home 9170 East D Avenue (M-89) Richland, MI.
Services to celebrate Molly's life will be held at Noon on Monday, November 14, at the gracespring Bible Church, 8463 Gull Road, Richland 49083 with Pastor Rob Cook, officiating.

Interment will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, MI. Family and friends will return to the Church immediately following the committal service to continue Molly's life celebration for a time of fellowship and a luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Molly's honor may be directed to the Michigan Special Olympics-Area 16, c/o Western Michigan University, 4024 Student Recreation Center, Kalamazoo, MI 49008.

Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Molly may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com