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Lydia Faith Sanderson

Lydia Faith Sanderson, daughter of Derrick and Annette (Jokela) Sanderson, was born March 3, 2006, and passed away at home Feb. 3, 2013.

Lydia was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 8 months, and she fought a long battle. This awesome girl touched the lives of many. She attended Park Rapids Century Elementary School as a kindergartener, until just weeks before she went to be with Jesus.

Her love of people and country music was well known. A highlight of her life was a "Make-A-Wish" trip to meet and play Bingo with Garth Brooks.

She will be missed by her teachers, school staff, health care people, classmates, family, friends and everyone she met.

Filled with memories, she leaves her parents, Derrick and Annette; sisters, Destiny and Hope; brother, Asher; grandmother, Karol Jokela; grandfather, Ron Carnell; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family members to mourn her.

Lydia was preceded in death by her grandfather, Wesley Jokela; grandmother, Dena Carnell; and uncle, Patrick Sanderson.

A funeral service was held Feb. 9, 2013, at Assembly of God Church in Park Rapids.

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