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Tonya Smith

July 27, 1969 — July 15, 2023

Born July 27, 1969 in Alhambra, California and was adopted into the Del and Renee Maxwell family. Passed away in her sleep Saturday July 15, 2023.

Tonya is survived by her Husband Milton Andy Smith, her Mom and Dad, Delwyn and Renee, her Sister Shauna Madsen (Eric), niece Amanda Jenen, her boys Colin and Liam, niece Katie Tinoco (Edwin Jared Tinoco) Brooks, nephew Max Madsen (Macrina Romero Madsen) Matias, Micah and Mia, nephew Ethan J. Madsen; sister Rita Ruffell, nephew Jeremy Freestone (Aimee Sorenson), nephew Colby Ruffell (Shay Hullinger), Braxton Ruffell. Neice: Alyssa Ruffell Williams (Tyson Williams), Tinlee Ruffell, her brother David C. Maxwell (Stephen L. Hannah), Tonya's In-laws Belinda and Clyde Whetsell, CJ & Paul, Leah Church, and her children Ray, Shayla, and Candice, Joyce McMillon and her children Joe, Ben and Becky.

Tonya married her sweetheart Andy April 10, 1999. They lived in Yakima Washington, Salt Lake, Tooele and Sandy. Tonya enjoyed riding along with Andy on long haul truck rides with the girls, their dogs Cinnamon and Lilly. Tonya has always loved animals, especially dogs. She adopted Molly and Jake and loved them so much. Tonya has always had a soft, tender spot for children, the elderly, and those in need of a friend.

Tonya, together with Helen Robinette, made many quilts for charity. Tonya helped Mom make tied quilts for the grandkids. She loved helping her Mom and was always worrying over her parents.

Tonya loved her nephews Colin and Liam and referred to them as "her boys." She was like a second Mom to them and loved spending time with them, and spoiling them.

Tonya loved Andy, Facebook, friends, family, God, getting her nails done with her Mom, helping her Mom with shopping, hair cuts with Lisa Dailey, daily chats with Mary Erkelens, many family members and her cousins. Thank you to all the many friends not listed. We appreciate you for making Tonya's life better.

A Celebration of Tonya's Life will be held on her birthday, July 27, 2023, at the Granite Ward, located at 9575 South 3100 East, Sandy, Utah, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Life

Thursday, July 27, 2023

5:00 - 7:00pm (Mountain time)

Granite Ward Building

9575 South 3100 East, Sandy,

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