Tonya Renee Farrell Chatani, 47, passed away in her home in Tallahassee, Fla., on Aug. 9. She was born in Muncie, Ind., on February 6, 1967.
She is survived by her husband, Ganesh Chatani; their darling daughter, Sydney Grace; mother, Hazel Sumner; step-father, Howard Sumner; five siblings, Joey Farrell, Ron Farrell, Mike Farrell, Pam Farrell, and Howard Sumner, III; and her parents-in-law, Paul and Kirsten Chatani; brother-in-law, Dee Chatani; sisters-in-law Bina Busing and Nisha Worthington; along with many other extended family members and loved ones. Tonya was a daddy's girl and we take comfort in knowing that she has reunited with her father, Ernest Farrell, who preceded her in death (January 1, 1977).
Tonya grew up in Hazard, Ky., where she was the homecoming princess and a friend to all. She loved Hazard and its people and they loved her back—especially her best friend Shannon Morton (Johnson). She graduated from Penn State University, but proudly wore the Garnet and Gold in support of her husband. She was a physician's assistant in Philadelphia, Pa., a Clinique and Estée Lauder manager, a volunteer for a crisis hotline, and for the last 17 years, a devoted wife and mother. She was the rare embodiment of inner and outer beauty.
Tonya enjoyed shopping with her pride and joy Sydney, laying on the beach, and watching D-rated "scary" movies. She was a master decorator and an artist. She made our house a home and it will never be the same without her.
A memorial service was held Saturday, August 16, at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral home on Riggins Road.