The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 10, 2011

Tonja Lee "Toni" Sawyer

The Joplin Globe

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.