The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Tornado: Obituaries

June 10, 2011

Tonja Lee "Toni" Sawyer

FORT SCOTT, KS — Tonja Lee "Toni" Sawyer, age 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. She 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. Toni 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; two brothers, Ron Larson, Matlock, Wash., and Gerald Goldsby, Olympia; two sisters, Julie Goldsby and Dottie Goldsby, both of Shelton; and a granddaughter, Icysis Goldsby. She was preceded in death by her mother; and infant son, Jed Goldsby; and a sister, Crissy Goldsby.

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Tornado: Obituaries
  • Dorothy M. Johnston

    Dorothy M. Johnston, age 91 of Joplin, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at St. Luke’s Nursing Center in Carthage, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado.

    September 13, 2011

  • Sweet, Gregan.jpg Gregan Douglas Sweet

    Gregan Douglas Sweet, age 59, of Joplin, passed away from injuries sustained in the tornado on May 22, 2011.

    July 26, 2011 1 Photo

  • J.T. Strickland

    J.T. Strickland, 85, a motel manager, passed away Friday, July 8, 2011.

    July 9, 2011

  • Gaudsmith,Charles.jpg Charles K. Gaudsmith Charles Kenneth Gaudsmith, 21, Carthage, Mo., passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011, from injuries sustained in the Joplin tornado.

    June 30, 2011 1 Photo

  • Gideon,Billie.jpg Billie Jo Gideon Billie Jo Gideon, age 77, of Joplin, Mo., went to be with the Lord early Monday, May 23, 2011, at Freeman Hospital from injuries suffered during the devastating tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, 2011.

    June 30, 2011 1 Photo

  • Lansaw,don.jpg Donald Wayne Lansaw Mr. Donald Wayne Lansaw Jr., 31, of Joplin, Mo., departed this life suddenly on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011, at his home from injuries sustained in the devastating Joplin tornado.

    June 30, 2011 1 Photo

  • Martha Jane Webb

    Martha Jane Webb, 76, Nevada, Mo., formerly of Carthage, Mo., passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011, in the Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, Mo., from injuries sustained in the May 22, Joplin tornado.

    June 25, 2011

  • Bresee,Burnice.jpg Burnice Bresee

    Burnice M. Bresee, age 91, of Joplin, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at McCune Brooks Hospital from complications with her health following the Joplin tornado.

    June 24, 2011 1 Photo

  • Grace Marie Sanders

    Grace Marie Sanders passed from this life at 3:08 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2011, at St. John’s Intensive Care Unit in Springfield, Mo., from complications following surgery.

    June 22, 2011

  • Alice L. Cope

    Alice L. Hudson Cope, 79, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011.

    June 21, 2011

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