Tonna Lee (Crenshaw) Qualey passed away the morning of September 7, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was born June, 1944 in Sumas, WA to Robert and Sylvia Crenshaw. She attended Everett High School and received her AA degree from Everett Community College and completed many professional development courses to support her career. Tonna began her professional driving career in 1972. Over the years, she drove school bus, commuter transit and city transit. She held several positions including, driver, dispatcher, manager, accident investigator, and her favored position of driver trainer. Tonna was an avid sewer with a love for making quilts, handbags and anything else she could envision. She enjoyed gardening and watching things grow. But nothing mattered more to her than her family. Tonna was married to Hank Qualey for 28 years and maintained a close relationship with him for the remainder of her life. Together they had two children. Tonna loved to spend time with her family camping, picnicking and any other outdoor activities. She also loved to play games. Many family gatherings were spent over spirited matches of Boggle and after being introduced to Blockus that became the game of choice. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Lee Crenshaw and Sylvia Blanche Crenshaw and her brother, Robert Lee Crenshaw, Jr. She is survived by, her children, Henry Andrew (Paula) Qualey, Kerry Qualey; her sisters, Sylvia (Larry) Bohannan, Linda (Clyde) Philp and Mary (Gene) Everist. She is also survived by her six grandchildren and many loved nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held at Evergreen Funeral Home on November 30, 2013 at 12 p.m. followed by a potluck at the Masonic Lodge. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital which was her favorite charity or The Christmas House.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Sept. 15 to Sept. 23, 2013