Friends, Family Celebrate Life of Mandy Matula

Updated: 11/11/2013 7:21 AM By: Cassie Hart

Mandy Matula's funeral
Mandy Matula's funeral
Photo: KSTP Photo/Tim Sherno

More than 1,000 people, including family, friends, teammates, coworkers and so many people touched by the life of Mandy Matula, came together Sunday to celebrate her life.

Her father, Wayne Matula said, "God allowed us to have the best of the best." He thanks the Eden Prairie Police Department and everyone who helped search for Mandy when she was missing.

It was not a day to talk about how the 24-year-old Eden Prairie woman died. It was about sharing an outpouring of love that seemed to follow Matula wherever she went.

Steve Matula said he continues to learn from his sister. "I could never have asked for a better sister than Mandy," he said.

Mandy's mother, Lisa, wrote a note that was read aloud by a family friend, saying in part, "I love you Mandy, you're not only my daughter, but we were the best of friends."

The service took place at Grace Church in Eden Prairie.

Mandy's remains were found last month after she went missing in May. Her story grabbed public attention as family members, friends and community members joined in search efforts over the last six months.

The service began at 3 p.m., and the public was invited to attend.