Tia Janel Cassell

May 29, 1979October 6, 2020
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After fighting a war with Bob, Delilah, and their ‘Bebe’s Kids’, Tia decided she needed a rest. At 4:52 pm, on Tuesday, Oct. 06, 2020, Tia Janel Cassell, passed away at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. John L. and Florence Cassell welcomed their second daughter into the world on May 29, 1979 at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.

Tia’s two-year cancer war resulted in several wins and losses on both sides. She was a fighter and admired by not only those who knew her, but by those who knew of her, for her strength, courage, and determination. Tia’s inner and outer beauty shined through the good, the bad, the successes and the setbacks. She continued to work, attend school, educate, encourage, empower, and support others displaying her love and compassion.

During the fight, while attending Strayer University to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree for Business Management, Tia was on the Dean’s List, and maintained a 3.5 GPA. She had the privilege of meeting Oprah Winfrey at an Oprah Winfrey Women’s Convention in Dallas, TX, and announce the starting lineup for the Dallas Mavericks.

Her death came as a surprise and shock to all who knew and love her. Her smile, love, and laughter will be remembered and missed when we reflect, share our memories, look at her pictures, speak of her, and when you see or hear her name. Tia’s memory will continue to live on through her surviving family, mother, Florence Cassell of Carrollton, TX; brothers, David and Kristoffer Cassell of Carrollton, TX; brothers, Andre (April) and Mark Cassell of Bloomington, IL; and sister, Michelle Cassell of Anchorage, AK. Along with her nephews and nieces, Tia is also remembered by a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, close friends she called family, and her State Farm Insurance family and friends.

Her father, John L. Cassell, preceded her in death, along with paternal grandparents Neal and Le Anner Cassell, maternal grandparents Isaac and Willie Mae Martin, and multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be Saturday October 24, 2020 from 1-3 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, IL with a private family funeral service immediately after.

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Jennifer McFadden

October 24, 2020

When I first started at the ASR at State Farm, there were many times I was not able to connect a caller to their correct department. When our team leads were busy, I had to find someone who could help. I stumbled upon Tia, who was in another department, but she was so helpful and patient and kind. I had to call her more than I should have, but I knew it was because she knew where a call went, she was very informative, and she was kind. When I moved to the same department that she was in, I was thrilled. Not because I could bug her all the time, but because I had the chance to get to know the incredible, smart person behind those calls. Thank you, Tia. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

Gail and Amy Shead

October 24, 2020

Praying that you find peace and comfort during this time...God will take care of you

Gail Shead House and Amy Shead

Liz Briggs

October 24, 2020

You were a strong, beautiful friend. A true treasure and inspiration to all who were blessed to know you. You are greatly missed but will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends.

Tanya Linder

October 24, 2020

Rest In Peace my sweet TT! I love you and will miss you so much!

eryn De Los Reyes

October 24, 2020

I will always remember the first time I met Tia. It was a gorgeous sunny day much like her personality. Remembering people are like these snapshots of memories and all of them were good memories with Tia despite what she may be going through..waiting for more good times ahead in much better conditions John 5:28, 29 ;Psalm 37:11

Regina Madison

October 23, 2020

To the Cassell family. I have known Tia since she was a teenager. She always had a smile on her face. She always had good things to say and I have never heard her say anything negative about anyone. Very close to her family. Always ready to help them and anyone else who needed help. Though I haven't seen her in years now, the memories I have of her are still fresh. I am so sorry for the loss of Tia and the hole in your hearts. Please offer my condolences to the whole family. Though you are grieving now, one day no matter how long it may take, you will be able to talk about Tia with fond memories as you patiently wait to see her in the new world. May Jehovah bless you and give you the necessary strength to get through each day. May you also draw strength from your family and your Christian brothers and sisters. You will remain in my prayers. I lost everyone's contact information, otherwise I would have been in contact as soon as I heard. Again, I am so sorry for the loss of Tia and may you feel Jehovah's arms as he wraps them around you, during these difficult times. I love you all.

Tamika Kelley

October 22, 2020

My Cassell Family sending my love, will miss the lovely smile, Tia was loved by all, anyone would have enjoyed her presents, she was caring always thought of others .when me an my moved to Bloomington for that short time I would always want to go over to aunt Florence house to hang out with Tia, Michelle, and aunt Florence when Tia went out with the other girls I would be like can I come too she would be like ok, I would enjoy myself. I was thankful for Tia when she let me have one of her Dresses to go to Bloomington High School dance , I am thankful for the things she use to do for me. she had fought a good fight . she has earned her wings. she's watching over all of us. Love you cuz

Rochester, New York

Elzadie Johnson

October 21, 2020

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under under the heaven. ECC. 3:1.
May the tender loving care of God's arms surround you and your family with comfort.
With my sympathy.

Your Cousin,

Tina Phillips

October 14, 2020

Tia I never thought we would lose you not this way. Always there for others even when in so much pain. You have always put others first. Someone needed words of wisdom, a shoulder to cry on, or just listen always count on you. To Cassell family we have Jehovah's promise of a
Resurrection. Revelations 21:4 be no more mourning or outcry, for the former things have passed away. We will see you again my sister.


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