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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tonja Lee "Toni" Sawyer, 41, a resident of Fort Scott, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, as a result of the Joplin, Mo., tornado.

She was born Dec. 17, 1969, in Olympia, Wash., the daughter of Larry Goldsby and Sandra Gamache Goldsby. Toni married Chad Sawyer on Jan. 3, 2011.

Toni was currently employed by Taco Bell in Fort Scott.

She enjoyed painting, collecting antiques and writing poems and short stories as well as listening to the rain and sitting around a bonfire. She loved animals and often took in strays. She attended the Apostolic Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include her husband, Chad Sawyer, Fort Scott; her children, Dashedin Goldsby, Fort Scott, Jarred Goldsby, Shelton, Wash., Makyah Goldsby and Samara Hernandez, both of Fort Scott. Also surviving is her father, Larry Goldsby, Shelton, Wash.; two brothers, Ron Larson, Matlock, Wash., and Gerald Goldsby, Olympia, Wash.; two sisters, Julie Goldsby and Dottie Goldsby, both of Shelton, Wash.; and a granddaughter, Icysis Goldsby. She was preceded in death by her mother, an infant son Jed Goldsby and a sister, Crissy Goldsby.

There was cremation.

Rev. Rod Hillhouse will conduct a memorial service at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church.

Memorials are suggested to the Toni Sawyer Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.