In Loving Memory…

Tonya M. Montgomery

Tonya Marie Montgomery, 66, of Sedalia, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019, at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

She was born December 20, 1952, in Sedalia, daughter of Harvey Warren and Ranoda Johanna (Knott) Young.

Tonya worked in customer service for Southwestern Bell for over thirty years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she sang in the choir. Tonya enjoyed bowling, playing cards, cooking, and spending time with her family. She was a loyal, caring, strong and giving person. The last nine years she was the full time caregiver to her dad, Harvey Young, who preceded her in death on January 4, 2019.

Surviving are two children, Mike Pirtle (Erica), of San Antonio, TX, and Heather Naylor, of Festus; four grandchildren, Shawn Naylor, Johanna Naylor, Austin Pirtle and Carter Naylor; and three sisters, Joy Cooper, of Sedalia, Kimberly Saucier, of Festus, and Renee Mueller, of Gilbert, AZ.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Riley Warren; and a brother, Mark Young.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. Dawn DeHaven West

    So sorry to hear about Tonya’s passing. I know this has to be a very hard time for Joy, Kim and Renee kissing two family members so closely. Prayers for the family.

  2. My deepest condolences to the Montgomery family for your loss. The bible gives the hope of seeing our loved ones again. John 5:28,29

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all of the family.

  4. Susan & Rick Pirtle

    Mike, Heather and family– So very sorry for the loss of your mother and grandfather. May loving memories give you comfort.

  5. Carylon Erfurth

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss;my prayers

  6. Susan Barnes Visentin

    So sorry for your entire family. May God comfort you all.

  7. Patty (Long) Torbet

    Joy I am so sorry for your loss. Know that your family is in my prayers.

  8. Jamie Schumaker

    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to the family.

  9. Vicki McCown Mewes

    So very sorry to the family. With love and prayers.

  10. Cathy Madden Johnson

    So sorry Joy Cooper for the recent loss of your Dad and now your sister. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  11. Katie Stanley-Dietzman

    I’m incredibly sorry for your loss. I’ll never forget the day the two of you stepped into my office at State Fair Community College. My deepest condolences and continued thoughts and prayers.

  12. I first meet Tonya when I got hired at Clear Sound Hearing. From the first time I meet her I knew we would become great friends. We talked often on the phone and often she would text me and say” have a wonderful day” . The last time I got to spend time with Tonya , Mary and I drove to Sedalia and had dinner with her. I will miss our late night chats , laughing and talking about anything and everything. She knew the true meaning of friendship.. The last time I got to spend time with Tonya , Mary and I drove to Sedalia and had dinner with her. We spent hours laughing and talking . I am so happy I got Mary to take a picture of Tonya and I so I can hold on to that memory and look back on that picture and smile through my tears. My thoughts and prayers go out to all her family and friends.

  13. Praying for you all during this difficult time.
    May fond memories help ease your loss.

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