Tonya Lynette (Lee) Elliott, 60, of Monrovia passed away on August 12, 2023.
Tonya was born on April 2, 1963, in Indianapolis, IN to Danny W. Lee Sr. and Elizabeth J. (Allen) Lee. She was the third of five children.
Tonya is survived by her Father Danny W. Lee Sr. of Indianapolis, her daughter Heather Whitaker (Joshua Whitaker) of Perry, OK, stepchildren Branden E. Elliott, Jessica J. Ford and Jennifer L. Elliott. Her grandchildren: Braden Elliott II, Koy Whitaker, Broc Whitaker, Jaylah Ford, Tyden Truelove, Kaden Elliott, Payton Elliott, Tylah Nolan and her two great grandchildren. She will be forever remembered by her siblings; Carla Lee (Toni Mullins) of Indianapolis, Danny W. Lee Jr of Greencastle, and Julie Peterson (Brent Peterson) of Lawrenceburg, KY. She is also loved and remembered by several nieces and nephews, Kyle Lee, Trevor Lee, Lindsay McCormick, Terah Pfeffer, Clay Stigall and Jace Stigall whom she loved and adored.
Tonya is preceded in death by the love of her life and husband, James E. Elliott, Mother Elizabeth J. Lee, Brother, Jeffery A. Lee and Granddaughter, Mariah Elliott.
Tonya graduated from Decatur Central High School in 1982. She immediately started working at Bank One in downtown Indianapolis. She continued in banking for many years where she loved visiting with her bank customers. She had her regulars that would always come in to see her. She met the love of her life James (Jim) Elliott in eventually left banking so that together, her and Jim opened a Jewelry store in Mooresville, later they opened Elliott’s Auction in Mooresville, IN. and ran that for several years.
She was always a faithful servant to God and was a member of the West Side Church of Christ for over 30 years.
Tonya’s absolute biggest joy and greatest love was her family. She loved being a Wife, Mother, Nana and Aunt. Spending time with her family always put a smile on her face and made her happy. Although at times it made her very anxious -she loved watching her grandsons compete in rodeo in bull riding and roping events. Her home was always a fun place for any kid to be and her door was always open to anyone that she loved.
Tonya was a beautiful person inside and out. She was an exceptional wife, Mother and Nana. She was the heart of her family. Anyone that knew Tonya knew how proud she was of her ‘kids” – all of them – whether they were “hers” or not she claimed them. Her smile and laugh were infectious. She cared deeply for the people around her and always wanted to take care of those she loved. She was so kind and compassionate. She made such an impact on so many lives. She will be forever missed. Until we meet again.