Tonya S. Espy

October 19, 1976December 5, 2018

Tonya S. (Helwig) Espy, 42 of Huntington passed away at 2:45 am on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Lutheran Hospital. Tonya had attended Huntington North High School and later Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne. She had worked as a pre-school teacher at Headstart for many years. She fought cancer for seven years and was active in Relay for Life. Tonya loved her children and loved helping others. She loved animals, she had two Boxers and her beloved Great Dane, Apollo.

Tonya was born on October 19, 1976 in Huntington, the daughter of William F. and Teresa M. (Caley) Helwig.

Survivors include her mother: Teresa Caley of Huntington; a son: Dakota Espy of Marion; two daughters: Autumn Espy and Victoria Pinion both of Huntington and a brother: Ronny Stolte of Huntington.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Indiana.

Funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm following visitation at the funeral home with Pastor Jim Splawn officiating.

Interment will take place at a later date at Star of Hope Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made out to The Espy Family in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.


  • Teresa Caley, Mother
  • Dakota Espy, Son
  • Autumn Espy, Daughter
  • Victoria Pinion, Daughter
  • Ronny Stolte, Brother
  • William Helwig, Father

  • The Espy Family


  • Visitation Sunday, December 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 9, 2018

Tonya S. Espy

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Sherry Wiggins

December 11, 2018

I remember meeting Tanya many years ago when I was visiting my son Shawn in Huntington. We have been Facebook friends for a long time and I prayed for her often as she bravely battled the dreaded cancer. When she learned of my husband’s diagnosis last year and his passing this year of cancer, she was so very supportive, kind and caring.
Tonya was a special young lady that will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.
My prayers are now for her family and friends who must face the grief that is so overwhelming. I have found the only way to get through the days is to trust in God, knowing how much He loves all of you, and that Tanya is now with Him, free from the cancer and pain. I know she will be meeting my husband Al in her Heavenly home.

Susan Pepe

December 8, 2018

I am picturing Tonya arriving on the other side of the rainbow bridge, healthy and as beautiful as she was in life, being surrounded by her dogs, so happy to welcome her. As she walks a little farther in this beautiful land, she comes to a stream, with fishing pole and bait waiting for her. It's a warm sunny day, the stream bank is spotted with shade from the trees overhead, and she's enjoying sitting and fishing while the dogs frolic around her. She is relaxed, comfortable, and enjoying the smell of wildflowers and Apollo's antics. She is at peace, and also enjoying the excitement of a bite on her line and catching (or not) a nice fish. There is room there for friends and family who have passed before her and she is visited and welcomed with love. She also feels the thoughts and love of those who are missing her, and is sending what comfort she can in sweet or funny memories that will pop into their heads at unexpected times, making them smile and feel her love again.

Jeremy Mygrant

December 8, 2018

I am saddened by this I went to school with her and just started reconnecting with her not to long ago my deepest sympathy’s with the family. Due to prior obligations I won’t make it, God speed Tonya.

Terry Scher

December 7, 2018

To the family of Tonya Espy,our thoughts and prayers are with you. Terry and Sue

Lonna Dickey

December 6, 2018

Teresa, Danny and I are so sorry to read of Tonya’s passing. We had no idea of her illness. Our prayers go out to you and her children. May God give you the strength to get through this and peace that her struggle is over in the days and months to come.

With Sympathy,
Danny and Lonna

Lounnette (Lynn) Knauff

December 6, 2018

I worked at Head Start as a cook. I loved helping Tonya out in her class, we always had so much fun! Right from the very first day of my employment there she made me feel welcome and respected. In my line of work that rarely happens. I loved it when we had mac and cheese for lunch, she would always come and get catsup to put on it, which totally grossed me out. We would stand there and laugh at each other. I absolutely loved her from day one! She was a wonderful person and I will miss her dearly.