On July 2, 2023, Tarlisa Ann (Peterson) Collier passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.
Tisa was born on August 14, 1972, in Manila, Philippines, and she was joyfully adopted by the Peterson family on June 11, 1973. Her older sister affectionately nicknamed her Tisa when she couldn’t pronounce her full name. After the Petersons returned to the US, Tisa was sealed to her family on March 28, 1975, in the Manti Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She spent four formative years in Aurora, Colorado before settling in Henderson, Nevada, where she forged lifelong friendships. Renowned for her big hair and even bigger personality, Tisa attended Vo-Tech High School and completed the cosmetology program. From the tender age of 10, she fearlessly practiced her hair-styling skills on her dad and brother. On February 17, 1996, she married Perryn Collier in the Las Vegas Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and together, they embarked on a journey that led them to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Yigo, Guam, and finally, Phoenix, Arizona. Along this path, they were blessed with three children: Tyson, Peyton, and Risa.
Throughout the various places she called home, Tisa left behind a trail of kindness, inclusivity, and Christ-like service. As a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she exemplified the virtues of service, faith, and charity, while her infectious laughter brought joy to all around her. In October 2012, Tisa was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, but she refused to let the disease define her. With unwavering faith in Jesus Christ, she embraced the mantra: “I have faith in Him. I have hope through Him. I have fight in me.” She courageously battled the illness, not just for herself but also for her cherished family and friends. Even amidst her own struggles, she dedicated herself to supporting others facing similar challenges, offering encouragement and heartfelt prayers. Though she knew she might not ring the cancer-free bell herself, she eagerly awaited the triumphant moments when others would.
One of Tisa’s cherished hymns was “I Will Follow God’s Plan,” whose lyrics resonated deeply with her:
“My life is a gift; my life has a plan. My life has a purpose; in heav’n it began. My choice was to come to this lovely home on earth, And seek for God’s light to direct me from birth… I will work, and I will pray; I will always walk in his way.”
Throughout her earthly trials, Tisa truly lived by these words, constantly putting others’ needs before her own, and spreading kindness, love, and support to all who were fortunate enough to encounter her radiant spirit.
Tisa leaves behind her beloved husband, Perryn; her children Tyson (Blake) Collier, Peyton Collier, and Risa Collier; her parents Glenn LeRoy and Shirley Ann Peterson; and her siblings Melany (Danny) Robbins and Jothan (Regan) Peterson.
Her final resting place will be at Phoenix Memorial Park, Phoenix, Arizona, where she will be laid to rest on July 21, 2023. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am on the same day at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5104 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale, Arizona 85310.
View the Official Tisa Collier Peterson Obituary here